Decent Work for All: Rethinking Decent Work in the Context of South Africa

Carmen Ludwig; Edward Webster

The authors argue that there is a need to rethink what a commitment to decent work

would mean in the context of South Africa, a country with a large number of long

term unemployed. Drawing on their experience of researching work in South Africa,

they highlight the relevance of the agency of workers for the progressive realisation of

a decent work agenda. The lukewarm response of the government to the diagnostic

tool designed to measure decent work led the authors to reframe decent work in a

positive way as an organising tool to recruit vulnerable workers into a broader, more

inclusive movement of working people.

Keywords: decent work, South Africa, trade unions, ILO, informal work, critical engagement

Vol: 2/2020 - Article 2.3


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