Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Professor Edward Webster is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Sociology of Work Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. His current research interests include: the Evolving Labour Relations System in South Africa, Labour Market Segmentation and the impact of Deep Level Gold Mining on the occupational culture of miners.

He is a founder of the South African Labour Bulletin, was a member of the review committee on Labour Market Commission, 1996, and is currently secretary of the Research Committee on Labour Movements for the International Sociological Association. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior African Researcher Award in 1995 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

He says the Minister of Labour should intervene to stop the outsourcing of labour - poepol, let people do what is in their best interest, as long as they do not use force.

He is proposing the use of force to achieve some social objective. We should refrain from doing it - The Apartheid Government did it, Nazi Germany did it, Muslim extremists do it.

We do not do it in Liberal Democracies. Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP)

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