JOB DESTRUCTION IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN CLOTHING INDUSTRY: How an alliance of organised labour, the state and some firms is undermining labour-intensive growth

05 Jan 2013, by Admin


For ten years, the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry  has been used by the main union in the sector and some of the industry’s more  capital-intensive firms to impose higher labour costs on labour-intensive employers in Newcastle, in KwaZulu-Natal. The events described and analysed in a new CDE Focus by two UCT-based economists show how, under the guise of promoting ‘decent work’, an alliance of insiders can drive a process of structural adjustment that undermines labour-intensive employment, in the process, exporting South African jobs to lower-wage countries such as Lesotho and China. Read the executive summary above or read the report online here.





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