Compiled by Ayanda Nyoka
Date of publication: 2016
Roundtable Report: Rethinking Social Dialogue on Inclusive Development
This roundtable dialogue convened by the IJR’s Inclusive Economies desk, in partnership with Rethink Africa and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, was part of the IJR‟s public engagement programme following its release of the 2015 Transformation Audit (TA) report. Given the contentious nature of the topic and the plurality of views on the issue, the IJR aimed with this roundtable to engage a multi-stakeholder group in order to consider viable options for the implementation of a national minimum wage (NMW) following the release of the IJR‟s research report on the topic in early March 2016. However, following the news of a deadlock in the discussions at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), the roundtable was held under the theme “Rethinking Social Dialogue on Inclusive Development‟. The deadlock in the NMW talks suggested that the roundtable should consider the underlying reasons for the deadlock and, more broadly, why consensus building at NEDLAC remains elusive, as well as what the implications of this are for inclusive development.