It needs to be said that the proposal of R3,500 per month as a minimum wage (Consensus reached over labour hurdles, November 21) is merely that — a proposal! This proposal has to be thrashed out and debated at length at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). It must be understood that the social partners at Nedlac have already indicated a disagreement and it appears that the discussions there could even turn vitriolic. Only once some sort of consensus has been achieved at Nedlac will this be sent through to Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour, which will debate the proposals at length and go to the public again for input. Once this input has been received from the public and there is a proposal from the portfolio committee, this will be sent to Parliament to be debated. Once the debate takes place in Parliament it will be sent to the National Council of Provinces, which will likewise engage with the proposals. We have a long and arduous road to travel ...

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