FMF NEWSLETTER 22 NOVEMBER 2017

22 November 2017
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FMF NEWSLETTER 22 NOVEMBER 2017   
EDITORIAL  

Dear friend of the FMF

In this week’s feature article, Frans Rautenbach investigates the high density of unions and union participation in South Africa and their relationship with the high unemployment rate.  He examines these factors in relation to the impact on jobs when trade unions are protected by law. Using numbers from different US states and COSATU’s membership the author makes the case for job freedom and against compulsory participation in a union.

South Africa Can Work
An insightful and provocative book, written by Frans Rautenbach, a labour lawyer with a proven track record in a range of policy issues, in which he proposes a complete overhaul of policy thinking, and provides fresh arguments that effectively address South Africa’s high unemployment, race problems and lack of education. Rautenbach examines the fundamental problem of rent-seeking, to which he proposes two antidotes: the free market and decentralisation of government. Along the way he tackles holy cows such as affirmative action, trade unions, labour law and welfare payments. He also addresses contentious topics such as racism, white privilege, political correctness, state funding of higher education and mounting evidence that trade unions substantially suppress employment growth.

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FEATURE article  

The more trade unions, the less job growth  – FRANS RAUTENBACH

Is there any correlation between union density and the growth or decline in employment? in the graph below, the block to the left of the vertical axis expresses union density (defined as a percentage of the economically active population). The right-hand side of the vertical axis shows the formal employment growth or decline.

WEEKLY smile  

Open letter from Free Market Foundation to Minister Gigaba re action for SAA - and a wager

UPCOMING FMF events  

Wednesday, 6 December MEDIA BRIEFING – Leon Louw Public participation in bad faith continued with telecoms bill @11h00 @ FMF – More info to follow

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