Thousands of protesters holding Cosatu flags march through Johannesburg on March 7, 2012 to protest new tolls on highways between Johannesburg and nearby Pretoria and the practices of temp agencies, which unions say are hurting the poor. About 10,000 people chanted "no to e-tolls" and "no to labour brokers" as they marched through the city centre.The new toll system has created a huge public outcry and Cosatu, which is a partner in the African National Congress-led government, has vowed to stop it. The system was supposed to begin working in February and gantries have already been erected along the newly upgraded five-lane highways around the two cities.  AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

Thousands of protesters holding Cosatu flags.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) claimed that 60% of workers in South Africa earn no more than R5,000 a month.

COSATU Called on “Big Businesses” to take discussions on a national minimum wage seriously.

National spokesman Sizwe Pamla said that there was “an increase in the rate of the working poor”, adding that more than 60% of South Africa workers receive a salary of less than R5,000 per month.

The 2015 Labour Market Dynamics showed that workers in South Africa earned on average R3,033 per month, the same as in 2013 and 2014.

Monet Durieux, manager in the labour statistics unit at Stats SA said when the average for 60% of the workers in South Africa is calculated, it worked out to R4,200 a month.

The COSATU urges government at all levels, stakeholders and businesses to work out a plan to give workers a befitting earning for the hard work they put in.