Beyond ‘Lean’ Social Democracy: Labour Law and the Challenge of Social Protection

by BENJAMIN, P., 2006
Transformation Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa January 2006, pp.37-57

Benjamin examines three inter-related issues that are central to policy-making on the future direction of labour market regulation in South Africa. The first of these is an examination of the impact of changes in the nature of work and the labour market on the efficacy of labour law. A second concern is to examine the potential intersections between labour legislation and those laws that create the broader social security net. A third purpose of this article is to examine the effectiveness of the different regulatory strategies adopted in South African labour statutes to achieve their goals.