Articles by Gilad Isaacs

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National minimum wage: not enough protection for part-time workers

Some of the most vulnerable could be left in the cold

By Ruth Castel-Branco and Gilad Isaacs - 13 January 2017

National minimum wage: the devil is in the detail

Aspects of the proposal may render a minimum wage ineffective

By Gilad Isaacs - 14 December 2016
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Zuma's national minimum wage "own goal"

President is placating business and wavering on policy

By Gilad Isaacs - 15 February 2016

South Africa’s 5 million working poor

Every day millions across South Africa do arduous work in jobs that cannot keep them and their dependants out of poverty. These are the “working poor” and according to a new study, there are about five and half million of them.

Gilad Isaacs - 25 August 2015

Minimum wage debate: the old cheap labour system will get us nowhere

The low wage argument is a red herring, argue Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine in the latest contribution to the minimum wage debate.

Gilad Isaacs and Ben Fine - 17 December 2014

Why Mike Schussler is wrong about inequality

Popular economist Mike Schussler’s recently published article distorts the available statistical evidence to buttress a bizarre argument.

Gilad Isaacs - 22 July 2014

Lessons from the platinum strike: the poison of inequality

The timing, duration and intensity of the long strike on the platinum belt were fuelled by a familiar South African problem: persistent and very high inequality.

Gilad Isaacs - 1 July 2014

Who won the platinum strike? The figures speak

After the historic five-month long platinum strike, mineworkers and corporate executives are retreating to their tin shacks and BMWs respectively. The country is left wondering: who won?
What the increases mean for the lives of the workers and the fortunes of the platinum producers is difficult to quantify. However, it is possible to compare the implications – for workers and company costs – of the various offers, demands and the final settlement.

Gilad Isaacs - 26 June 2014

Can the platinum producers afford the wages demanded?

Like any good question, the answer to whether the platinum producers can afford the demands made by striking workers is: “it depends”.

Gilad Isaacs - 9 June 2014

Myths about the election

From a perusal of social media and certain sections of the commentariat (on both the Left and Right) one wouldn’t know that an intelligent South African electorate just handed the ANC a convincing victory in an overwhelming peaceful, free, fair and democratic election.

Gilad Isaacs - 14 May 2014

A tale of three policies

The ANC is increasingly accused of breaking the promises it has made to the South African public. What is less widely discussed is how their promises contradict one another.

Gilad Isaacs - 4 March 2014

An open opportunity society for some?

“An Open Opportunity Society for All” is the idea which underpins the Democratic Alliance’s vision for South Africa.

Gilad Isaacs - 19 February 2014