Minimum wages are a multifaceted issue where well-meaning legislation can bring about converse effects. Who benefits in the long run and how such practices will alter employment policies are some questions to ponder. PEM takes you through many of the aspects that need thinking through.
MTUC’s lobby on minimum wages
On June 30, 2011, the National Wage Consultative Council Act 2011 was passed after four hours of debate. It replaces the Wages Council Act 1947 and will assess wage levels by sectors, types and regions in preparation for a national minimum wage policy by the end of the year. The council will have 23 members with five representatives each from unions, professional bodies and employers. Five seats have also been reserved for public sector representatives. The bill that was tabled proposed that the chairperson, deputy and a minimum of five members must be appointed from among persons who are not public officials, employers or trade union members.1
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