1887

n South African Journal of Labour Relations - Mediating from the margins : the role of intermediaries in facilitating participation in markets by poor producers

USD

 

Abstract

This article argues that the preponderance of market intermediaries is driven by two imprimaturs. The first relates to the global shift in relations of production characterised by outsourcing, subcontracting and casualisation of labour, which in developing countries is associated with poverty and precariousness. The economic relationship between poor, informal producers and formal companies is frequently mediated by intermediaries or "labour brokers". The second imprimatur, which is the subject of the article, is the need to facilitate participation by marginalised producers in value chains, and potentially to facilitate a shift in the distribution of value from lead firms to informal producers or users. Drawing on empirical work, the article explores the different institutional forms of intermediation and, using "decent work" as a lens, examines the implications for the users and producers who rely on intermediation. The article argues that South Africa's black economic empowerment legislative framework potentially offers a policy space to shift some of the responsibility for realising decent work for informal producers from intermediaries to South African retailers.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/labour/36/1/EJC120859
2012-01-01
2016-12-03
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error