Edited by experienced and respected labour journalist and Independent Media's Group Labour Editor, Amy Musgrave, Independent World of Work
will investigate, explain and report on the latest trends and dynamics in the political economy and how they impact on jobs, job creation, and the workplace of the 21st century.
The official launch was attended by leading union leaders, captains of industry, diplomats and government officials. Guest speaker Minister of Labour, Mildred Olifant, congratulated Independent Media on the launch of the publication saying that dialogue is critical to collective bargaining, dispute resolution and the development of labour policies.
"Dialogue does not happen in a vacuum. It must permeate every facet of what we do as a society. Independent World of Work
is an important platform to help manage differences of opinion and dispute resolution. It offers an open line of communication for everyone to talk about labour issues. I welcome this initiative", said Minister Olifant.
The first edition of Independent World of Work
takes a closer look at the broad social compact underpinning the post-1994 South African economic structure and ask the question: "SA's social compact has buckled under pressure, can it be realigned to suit new conditions?" Some of the contributors to the launch issue are renowned sociologist Eddie Webster, political analyst Ebrahim Fakir, labour historian Steven Friedman, poverty and inequality researcher Isobel Frye, economist Neva Makgetla and Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor.
"It is a demonstration of our commitment to well-thought and in-depth coverage of labour, which has tended to get shoddy treatment in South African newsrooms as budgets shrink and human resources are stretched. We want to buck this trend. We're investing more resources into our labour coverage, something that unions, employers, the state, researchers and everyone else who cares about this important area should be thrilled about and support wholeheartedly," said Musgrave.
"What we are doing is very bold and courageous. From the moment we took over Independent Media, a little more than a year ago, we were committed to creating a social compact that involves labour, government and business in order to create the platform for economic growth for the country. The initial title of the publication was Labour Bulletin, but its launch was delayed due to the former Cape Times editor, Alide Dasnois, having declined the position of editor of the publication. However, I am delighted that we found an editor in Amy Musgrave who, with her extensive experience as a respected labour journalist, is better suited to this title. In addition, the new name of the publication, Independent World of Work
, better reflects the inclusivity of all the stakeholders in a social compact," said Independent Media executive chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé. Independent World of Work
will be published quarterly. It is available as a free supplement in Cape Times, Pretoria News, The Star, The Mercury
and Diamond Fields Advertiser