The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says the proposed hourly rate for minimum wage is a good start and a step in the right direction.
This comes after Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced in Parliament on Monday night that the bill will not be implemented by 1 May as outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Cosatu says the postponement of the implementation of national minimum wage bill will give authorities enough time to strengthen the bill.
According to reports Unions had proposed a minimum wage of R26 per hour and business R11, but settled on R20.
The union’s Mathew Parks says employees are motivated to work hard if they are paid well.
“You need workers who are motivated. It’s difficult to find a worker who is motivated if you’re going to pay him R11 an hour when he can barely take care of his family Treat workers well and he’ll be motivated to work hard,” says Cos Parks.