In this issue we publish an article by Charles Nupen and Geoff Schreiner focussing on the
use of social dialogue in improving the competitiveness of the clothing sector, which is a
major employer in South Africa and is particularly threatened by the effects of global
competition. In the case study they draw a direct line between the establishment of dialoguedriven
relationships in the workplace and bottom-line profitability with its attendant benefits,
including more sustainable employment. And in so doing, they establish a relationship
between the tradition of social activism and the commercial imperatives upon which
communities stand or fall.
We know that effective communication is the cornerstone of constructive engagement
and often an inability to communicate provides the flint which ignites a conflict. This article
provides concrete support for the notion of social dialogue and proactive engagement.
As a member of our inaugural board, Charles Nupen has been a particular supporter of AIM,
and it is with great pleasure that we publish this contribution.
Executive Director, AIM