Port Elizabeth - President Cyril Ramaphosa says although the R20 per hour national minimum wage is not a living wage, work is underway to ensure that a living wage is achieved.
Ramaphosa said to achieve a living wage, the country’s economy needs to grow and improve the levels of productivity.
The President was speaking at a May Day rally being hosted by ANC alliance partner Cosatu in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The national minimum wage has been criticised by some, especially rival unions such as Saftu, which held a strike last week in protest against the national minimum wage. The federation called the wage “an insult to workers”.
But Ramaphosa has brushed off this criticism and said that the agreement between social partners, business and labour, on the national minimum wage should be seen as achievement for workers and a starting point.