n Africa Insight - Improving export processing zone employer-employee labour relations in Southern Africa

Volume 34, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The majority of Export Processing Zone (EPZ) host countries in Southern Africa have ceded their labour laws to EPZ investors. While the proposed alternative labour regulatory frameworks have tried to put up a brave fight on behalf of EPZ workers, the dynamic and rapid changes occurring in international trade seem to have overwhelmed them. As proper working conditions are essential for efficient EPZ operations, the growth of EPZ employer-employee labour relations hostilities needs to be swiftly arrested. This paper reviews the weaknesses of existing alternative dispute resolution structures and explores the possibility of arresting the existing EPZ labour relations' hostilities with a step-by- step employee protection ladder.

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