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Spotlight 8: South African industrial relations: cooperation in place of conflict

Updated: Jan 22, 2019


Industrial relations in South Africa are particularly fraught. The country is ranked worst

in the world on cooperation in labour-employer relations by the World Economic Forum.

Further, relations seem to be worsening. The latest Industrial Action Report released by the

Department of Labour in July shows that strike incidents increased by 8% to 132 between

2016 and 2017. Last year witnessed the highest number of strikes since the department

began monitoring their frequency.


Industrial relations in South Africa are particularly fraught. The country is ranked worst

in the world on cooperation in labour-employer relations by the World Economic Forum.

Further, relations seem to be worsening. The latest Industrial Action Report released by the

Department of Labour in July shows that strike incidents increased by 8% to 132 between

2016 and 2017. Last year witnessed the highest number of strikes since the department

began monitoring their frequency.


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