Financial Mail, 21 April 2006.
Have the relationships that characterised the apartheid workplace been superseded or entrenched over the past 10 years of democracy?
"This is the kind of question that Eddie Webster, professor of sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, spends his days trying to answer. For more than three decades he has helped to shape the way we work and the way we think about work in this country."
Below are some of his research findings....
* Current workplace pressures and trends have the effect of displacing confrontation from the workplace to the family and community. It has the effect of creating a broader social crisis, which causes the breakdown of social solidarity. This in turn leads to various social pathologies.
* Pressures to liberalise and privatise state-sector workplaces have put workers in a precarious and unsettling position.
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