Vavi: Review minimum wages

2012-10-28 13:44

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called for a review of all minimum wage agreements.

He said on Saturday that workers should be paid according to the jobs they are doing.
"Rock drill operators must be paid well, [because] their job is demanding -- they must be rewarded."

Vavi was addressing a Cosatu rally at Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg.

He said, in the future, Cosatu would not negotiate based on percentages.

"We want money, and not percentages," he said.

Vavi said the rally was meant to unite workers.

"We want you to be united. Forgive those who attacked us this morning, they will kill us today and regret the following day. "

Vavi said a group of digruntled mine workers who had attempted to block the rally was being misled by people with political ambitions.

He said the group would one day see that they had been led into a hole.

Earlier SA Communist Party secretary-general Blade Nzimande thanked Cosatu members at the rally for their discipline when the group charged at members.

"What I have seen is an extreme act of provocation, the police did well to disperse them," he said.

"I am interested to see how the media will report this."

Nzimande was speaking at a relatively empty stadium after a large number of Cosatu members ran away when police were dispersing striking workers who opposed the rally.

The group wore black t-shirts and said they would not return to work until their salary demands were met.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-28 14:32

    So, Zweli - WHO will review them?

  • braamc - 2012-10-28 14:57

    Review who all has to go to jail for fraud and corruption to start off, can change this country around with those billions

  • ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-10-28 16:28

    Nog, nog, NOG! Gee ons NOG

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-28 17:49

    all minimum wages should be scrapped. Then people will have a much better chance of employment

      michael.heys.3 - 2012-10-29 08:02

      Correct! Let the economic laws of supply and demand rule. Talking about supply, if South Africans didn't have so many kids they wouldn't be so poor. Have they ever thought of that??

      gavin.hillyard - 2012-10-29 10:05

      Too true - minimum wages are keeping millions out of work. Far better to let market forces (supply and demand where there are more workers than jobs) prevail. Sure wages will drop and this will cause hardship initially. But unskilled workers will upskill and then employers can afford to pay them more because they are producing more. These miners and others seem to think that they are entitled to whatever they want. They don't seem to understand or don't want to understand that enough has to be produced to allow a cetain level of remuneration. If these guys got their way, the mining houses would be bankrupt within months and they would also join the ranks of the unemployed. Is it not true that there are thousands of the unemployed that would gladly accept the currernt income levels and be only too happy to have a job? One thing we can agree on though is the obscene levels of remuneration of the upper management, along with share options, benefits etc, etc. This is greed pure and simple and one can appreciate the workers' anger in this regard. Upper management remuneration levels should be pegged to a multiple of the cost to company of the lowest paid employee. A multiple of 25 would limit the highest paid manager to R250 000 p.m. for a lowest cost to company of R10 000. Should surely be able to come out on R250k p.m.? So the more the lowest guy gets, the more the managers get. This should stimulate them to think creatively of getting in place a sustainable model to boost wages

  • john.cryink - 2012-10-28 19:24

    The minimum wage should be same as what the state grants are what does vavi want? cosatu and vavi would be happy to be the cause of another milion unemployment. p

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-29 06:30

    Vavi, please disclose your income and total perks including your shares in businesses etc to all your members. I dare you Vavi. I I'll then accept that you do care and do what's best for your members otherwise I remain of the opinion that you only there to fill up your back pocket . Go on Vavi , do the right thing.

  • sompini.khululekile - 2012-10-29 14:16

    Thanks comrade vavi,as long as the neconomy of this country is still in the hands of the minority,we will always see these kinds of frustrations

  • carel.boahoff - 2012-10-29 17:29

    The people are mislead and have been for years. Employment is a privilage and not a right.

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