Squaring the circle: Global production and the informalization of work in South African fruit exports

Stephanie Barrientos, Andrienetta Kritzinger

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Abstract

South African fruit growers simultaneously face rising standards imposed within supermarket global value chains, falling market prices internationally, and increasing government legislation. These pressures are leading to falling permanent employment and increasing use of contract labour on fruit farms, tempered by the need to employ skilled workers to meet quality and labour standards. Informal contract employment provides some (male) workers with regular work at relatively good pay, but others (particularly women) work for short periods at low pay. None enjoy work security or employment benefits. The informality of work intensifies their risks and vulnerability to poverty. © 2004 John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-92
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of International Development
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

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  • Global Development Institute

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