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NUMSA affiliated workers protested over a wage agreement in Johannesburg.
NUMSA affiliated workers protested over a wage agreement in Johannesburg.

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The Covid-19 pandemic cannot be blamed for the years of government inaction and the collapse of the labour market, writes Terry Bell.

Much was made this month of the “stronger-than-forecast rebound” in economic performance in the third quarter of the year, yet it was another case of clutching at the straws of optimism. With the easing of lockdown regulations and the return to work of more employees, an improvement was inevitable, but it came off a very low base.

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