The analyses of non-standard employment and contemporary labour protest in South Africa

SOURCE: South African Journal of Labour Relations
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2016
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.M.Mathekga
KEYWORDS: EMPLOYMENT POLICY, LABOUR FORCE, SOUTH AFRICAN POST OFFICE (SAPO), WORKPLACE
DEPARTMENT: Center for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTii)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 9509

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Abstract

This paper analyses the contemporary non-standard employment and labour unrest in South Africa, with special emphasis on the South African Post Office (SAPO) and universities across South Africa. The paper argues that attempts by SAPO and the universities to cut labour costs and to be more flexible and competitive through the use of non-standard employment have not reduced exploitation. Marginalisation, inequality, poor working conditions, lower wages and lack of protection and representation still prevail in most workplaces across the country, with companies and institutions still benefiting extensively. The paper relies on both primary and secondary sources. No empirical research has been done. It aims to advance knowledge of non-standard employment through discussion of this practice and of the entities in which it takes place. The impact of non-standard employment on workers is discussed. The paper also provides a critical view on non-standard employment.