Job destruction!

29 Jan 2013 - 23:25
Nicoli Nattrass spoke at a press conference in Johannesburg today on new research on job destruction in South Africa's clothing industry. This week the High Court is hearing a case brought against the Minister of Labour and the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry, by a group of employers in Newcastle, KZN, contesting the legality of aspects of South Africa's minimum wage-setting mechanisms. Also this week, writs of execution are due to be served on hundreds of factories that are not compliant with minimum wages, closing them down and putting thousands of workers out of work. A working paper on the current crisis in the clothing industry by Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings is available through the CSSR and the Johannesburg-based Centre for Development and Enterprise.