Decent Standard of Living Measure
The median income of people who have all 21 socially perceived necessities is R7 911 per person, per month (September 2021). This is the amount associated with a decent standard of living per person in South Africa.
The National Minimum Wage is R21.69 per hour
About six million workers in sectors that generally have low levels of wages and organisation benefit from the national minimum wage. Snapshot of 2021 increases: Farmworkers (R21.69); Domestic workers (R19.09); EPWP workers (R11.93).
Inflation Monitor | August 2021
Wages need to adjust with inflation otherwise their real value decreases over time. Featured in LRS Inflation Monitor: CPI; inflation rate by expenditure and province; transport price index; and administered price index.
Trade union collective bargaining strategies for 2021
Learn the indicators that will help you enter into bargaining processes as an informed role player in 2021:
- minimum wage and settlement trends
- the impact of Covid-19 on the economy and collective bargaining
- the 2021 bargaining round
- bargaining for the future.
LRS Bargaining monitor | 2021
Unions managed to secure wage settlements above the inflation rate from January to June 2021. The median minimum wages negotiated are higher than the national minimum wage.
Bargaining Benchmarks | September 2021
Trade union bargaining strategies for 2021
Featured: minimum wage and settlement trends; the impact of Covid-19 and collective bargaining; the 2021 bargaining round; and bargaining for the future.
Labour Research Service – Over 30 Years Working for Workers
National Minimum Wage Campaign.
Know more about our history participating in the minimum wage debate in South Africa.
Art of negotiation
How to negotiate during difficult times
The company which you are bargaining with claims that it’s in a genuine crisis. Management has proposed a wage freeze. They say that the alternative is 120 retrenchments. The aim of your commission is to put together a counter-proposal. How can you interrogate the company’s claim that it’s in a crisis? If the claims are true, what can you get for exercising wage restraint? What kind of “non-cash” demands could you bring into this bargaining situation? Let’s learn the suggestions put forward by our focus group of trade union negotiators.
Bargaining for gender equity
Collective bargaining is one of the tools for promoting equality in the workplace. The three-step approach for gender equity bargaining:
Step 1: Do research and identify the issues for women and who is affected.
Step 2: Determine the critical issues for consideration in your bargaining agenda.
Step 3: Bargain and implement.
Get your copy of Bargaining for Gender Equity Booklet for more tips.
Decent Standard of Living (DSL) research
An introduction to the Decent Standard of Living threshold and the Decent Standard of Living Index
What you will learn:
This is what you need to live a decent life, a life without struggle.
There are more ways to live a decent life than just through money
Applying a DSL measure towards a coherent policy design
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