Restructuring the labour market. The South African challenge

"An excellent and useful work."
Thabo Mbeki, Deputy President, South Africa

This review by international experts on behalf of the ILO examines the labour market problems facing South Africa after apartheid. The book concentrates on how these problems - low economic growth, severe poverty especially in rural areas and among the black population, extreme inequality and a fragmented labour market - can be tackled, through a combination of initiatives in such areas as labour market and employment policies, flexibility and cooperation in industrial relations, trade liberalization and industrial strategy.

Restructuring the Labour Market traces the main macroeconomic market developments and the evolving regulatory framework in South Africa, focusing on rural labour markets, mining and manufacturing. It assesses the impact of labour market and social policies, highlighting options for the near future.