From petrol attendants to cashiers in all big retail stores, security guards, farms and domestic workers, no one must earn less than R4,500 per month, says the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
The Fighters insisted that they wouldn’t support Ramaphosa’s minimum wage proposal, and will mobilise all workers to reject it in favour of a much more meaningful National Minimum Wage of no less than R4,500.
Juju’s party rejected the announced proposal by the deputy president for a National Minimum Wage of R3,500 saying it favors business at the expense of workers.
To the EFF, the proposed minimum wage wouldn’t lead to the desired resolution of the problem of inequality. It would instead, institutionalise inequalities.
The party related that it tabled a minimum wage of R4,500 to parliament based on figures from 2014. It said:
“Since then, inflation has increased by more than 6%. This means the initial R4,500 proposal by workers/labour should now be set at about R5,000.
Two years ago, business, in response to labour, had offered a counter proposal of R2,700. This means the now proposed R3,500 is actually in favour of the initial business proposal since, taken the general rise in prices over the past two years, the amount comes to about R3,500.
This is not shocking at all since it is Ramaphosa at the forefront of this process, and we know he loves money and business than he does the people.”
Adding that any minimum wage that is below R4,500 will not make any difference to the lives of workers or the resolution of inequality in wages and actual living conditions, Malema’s party argued that “wages of South African workers have higher dependency ratio whereby an individual income has stretched a high and unusual number of dependencies.”
Above all, EFF asserted that the process of deciding the minimum wage “requires a genuine, aggressive and speedy resolution to exert discipline on private capital which has taken advantage of the lives of our people for far too long.
“The proposal of R3,500, if adhered to will see workers stark at this futile rate till 2018 since Rampahosa also proposes that there be an adjustment period of two more years.
“The EFF rejects it as favouring business at the expense of workers; this is an institutionalisation of exploitative wage rates that will never change the lives of our people,” added the Fighters.