Picture: THE TIMES
Picture: THE TIMES

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it rejects "government’s proposed R20 an hour‚ R3,500 a month national minimum wage for workers".

The proposed national minimum wage of R3,500 a month was presented to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) by a panel of advisers on Sunday and announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said on Tuesday the union was "extremely disgusted by the mission of the African National Congress and Ramaphosa to legislate slavery wages‚ maintain super-exploitation of black and African labour under the disguise of national minimum wage".

"Numsa is convinced that Ramaphosa is extremely dangerous‚ continually gunning for the blood of the working class and ready to evaporate the dream of a living national minimum wage‚" he added.

Jim called at the Congress of South African Trade Unions and Federation of Unions of South Africa "open collaborators with this right-wing conservative agenda".

"In the recent past‚ we have witnessed the leaders of both federations running around with minister of finance reassuring rating agencies‚ promising them heaven on earth and making commitments without being able to explain what brings the leadership of workers into such a relationship with rating agencies if not making commitments that are selling out workers‚" he said.

"We are particularly angered by the fact that these federations have been participating in meetings where they debated a national minimum wage between R3,700 and R4,500.

"Quite frankly these figures say it all — that both government and business have not been serious and that’s why we reject the stance of these federations whose leaders now going back to workers with insulting proposals and then pretending to be shocked with the R3,500 recommendation."

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