Saving jobs: rational consideration of alternatives

Representatives of the South African government, business and the trade unions responded to the international economic crisis on 19 February 2009 with a “Framework of Action”.   The framework deals in part with what are called Employment Measures, and uses the word ‘retrenchment’ without fully appreciating its negative connotation.   Although the term appears nowhere in our labour legislation its frequent use, especially by the drafters of the Framework, is unfortunate because the focus ought to be on saving jobs, not regulating their destruction.

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