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HANG IN THE BALANCE Window cleaners hang on ropes as they clean windows at Media Park in Johannesburg. Picture: Cornel van Heerden
HANG IN THE BALANCE Window cleaners hang on ropes as they clean windows at Media Park in Johannesburg. Picture: Cornel van Heerden

Johannesburg - Trade unions are pushing for a number of changes to the proposed national minimum wage that would make it a far more meaningful intervention – but still not a living wage.

The unions’ main way to get a higher minimum wage is by demanding the scrapping of a key feature of the expert panel’s report and its R20-per-hour proposal.

This is the so-called wage freeze, whereby the R20 only really becomes enforceable in 2019, making the national minimum wage in effect R20 in 2019 terms.

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