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ilo thumb medium90 81BusinessLive reports that the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) Pretoria office has rejected a World Economic Forum (WEF) report that ranks SA as the worst-performing country when it comes to labour-employer relations.  

The study, released this week, ranks SA at the bottom of 137 countries in a Global Competitiveness Report.  But, ILO director Joni Musabayana dismissed the report, saying its finding was not sufficiently supported by comparative analysis or evidence of tension between management and workers.  He said data relied on by the WEF failed to take into account that agreements between labour and employers in SA were reached peacefully.  Labour federation Cosatu welcomed the report, saying it was a reflection of what was being witnessed in workplaces across the country.  Labour analyst Andrew Levy said although the report was based on perception, its findings carried weight.  Employers have been depending on "bad advice" on how to tackle workplace challenges, Levy said, adding that SA’s union movement was “the most militant and difficult in the world at the moment.”  According to Gawie Cillié of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), the alarming WEF result was directly linked to the low levels of trust between employers and employees in SA.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, SA’s labour relations puts us last globally, at BusinessTech

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