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Nxesi responds to pushback over national minimum wage increase

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Minister Thulas Nxesi has released a statement tackling the backlash that the newly announced national minimum wage has been receiving, as the department is dead set on its implementation.

Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi took to Twitter on Monday, 22 February 2021, to circulate a statement addressing the outcry over the newly announced national minimum wage (NMW) increase. It seems that businesses have highlighted the impact of the regulations and restrictions on profits, ultimately making it difficult for them to afford the new national minimum wage.

However, it is clear from the statement that the new minimum wage must be complied with, or businesses may face indefinite closure. The statement noted, “In amending the national minimum wage this year, the Minister has considered all the factors as required by the law, the report of the commission as well as the different submissions received from the stakeholders and based on those and the results of the initial research undertaken on the impact of the introduction of the national minimum wage, which found that the NMW did not place an undue burden on employers or led to job losses in its first year of implementation, reached the decision to accept the proposal of the Commission and increase wages accordingly.”

See the post below.

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