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earningsTerry Bell writes that, as the 2015 national budget announcement nears, there is an increasing clamour from trade unions and human rights groups for a guaranteed minimum wage and social welfare net.  The minimum wage demands made so far range from R4,000 to R8,000 per month.  

Trade unions such as the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) this week called on Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene to ensure a minimum wage of R4,000 a month, an amount other groups categorised as a “poverty wage”.  General secretary of labour federation Cosatu, Zwelinzima Vavi, for example, maintained that R4,000 was inadequate to provide even a balanced, adequate diet for a family of five.  On Monday, the authoritative Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) entered the fray arguing for a minimum income of R8,000 for a family of five.  Pacsa does a monthly check on food prices and calculates the cost of an adequate diet for a range of family sizes, taking account ages and nutritional requirements, and maintains that R8,000 is now a basic requirement.  Pacsa is also calling on Nene to increase the child support grant for children under age nine from R320 to R487 and for older children from R517 to R615, while old age pensions should receive a more than 100% boost to R2,700 a month.

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