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Title:Labour Market Policy, Flexibility, and the Future of Labour Relations: The Case of KwaZulu-Natal Clothing Industry
Authors:Skinner, Caroline
Valodia, Imraan
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:labour relations
clothing industry
Labor and Employment
Politics and Government
Abstract:Based on preliminary research on enterprises' reconfiguration of labour usage in the clothing industry in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, this paper suggests that, although firms are not fundamentally changing their production technique, they are making far-reaching changes to the manner in which labour is used in the production process. A striking feature is the pernicious nature of the actions of these firms. The growth in independent contract type arrangements, promoted by organizations such as COFESA (Confederation of Employers South Africa), is aimed primarily at bypassing aspects of labour legislation. Despite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence that these arrangements are truly subcontracting arrangements, aimed at promoting the growth of small business. The liberalization process, by forcing firms to restructure in line with COFESA type arrangements, is undermining the objective of fostering a comprehensive collective bargaining system based on the concept of voice regulation. This poses difficult challenges for policymakers, the authorities and the trade union movement. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]