UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

MINIMUM WAGE FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY NELSON RAMODIKE, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON LABOUR

The UDM welcomes the announcement of a minimum wage for domestic workers. To date they have been an unprotected, and often exploited, sector of the labour force.

The UDM believes that the proposed wage structure is inadequate, but recognising that job losses must be avoided, it is perhaps the best possible compromise under current circumstances. Therefore, the UDM calls on all stakeholders, especially employers, to lend their full support to these efforts.

A minimum wage will unfortunately always be exactly that, a bare minimum. The UDM maintains that the ultimate solution for the job creation, job security and salary challenges facing South Africa, lies in Enterprise Development. Through the encouragement of Enterprise Development South Africans will be empowered to create their own employment and wealth.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
082 - 557 4184

Cape Town
11 July 2001