The director of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, Cameron Morajane, says a lack of consultation with the CCMA has led to flawed minimum wage legislation, which will hinder its implementation. "We have the experience," he says. "We could have given practical examples of what will or won't work." But the CCMA was brought in too late. "We should have been brought in when it was being debated at Nedlac. "We should have been asked for our view at the time of engagement. Not at the bill stage." The National Minimum Wage Act was implemented on January 1 and already the CCMA, which he says is understaffed and underfunded, is under pressure. "We were expecting long queues, and we have seen them." Eight hundred and twenty-four minimum wage cases were brought to the CCMA between January 1 and January 28, when this interview was conducted - 824 employees stating they were not getting the minimum wage the government had promised them. Morajane says this figure reflects ...

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