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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa hails progress at NEDLAC on Labour Relations and National Minimum Wage

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was pleased with the progress that is being made by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) Task Teams on Labour Relations and the work of the Advisory Panel established to advise on the level at which the National Minimum Wage should be set.

Substantial progress is being made by NEDLAC social partners in the negotiations on Labour Relations with particular reference to labour market stability and the National Minimum Wage process on which the Panel on National Minimum Wage is scheduled to table a report to the Committee of Principals (COP) by the end of November 2016. The social partners unanimously confirmed their belief that inclusive negotiations are the best way to solve problems, said Deputy President Ramaphosa.

Deputy President Ramaphosa was speaking following the meeting of the Committee of Principals (COP) of NEDLAC which he chaired on Saturday, 22 October in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

The COP comprises leaders of Business, Labour, Community and government. These NEDLAC social partners have been charged with the responsibility of addressing low wages, wage inequalities, labour market stability, violent and protracted strikes and the issue of the National Minimum Wage, arising from the 2014 State of the Nation address.

The social partners all acknowledged the need to urgently conclude both areas of work. The meeting also noted the great value of social dialogue, and the importance of the detailed and painstaking work all the partners had embarked on over the past two years, said Deputy President Ramaphosa.

It is expected that Deputy President Ramaphosa will convene another meeting of the COP before the end of November 2016 to finalise the work of the Labour Relations Technical Task Team (LRTTT) and to receive the Report of the Advisory Panel on National Minimum Wage.

Source: Government of South Africa