International solidarity and labour in South Africa

SOURCE: Labour and globalisation: results and prospects
OUTPUT TYPE: Chapter in Monograph
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2004
TITLE AUTHOR(S): R.Southall, A.Bezuidenhout
SOURCE EDITOR(S): R.Munck
KEYWORDS: GLOBALISATION, LABOUR, TRADE UNIONS
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2483

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Abstract

Globalisation is associated with the increased reliance on the regulation of economic relations by markets. National governments turn to neo-liberal approaches to macro-economic management, implying privatisation, monetary liberalisation, a reduction in import tariffs, labour market flexibilisation and fiscal discipline. Countries are also becoming more interconnected as trade barriers between them are dismantled. This puts workers in different countries in competition with each other, which opens up the prospect of a "levelling downwards" in wages and working conditions.