The head of the International Labour Organisation in South Africa, Joni Musabayana, says a recent World Economic Forum report ranking it the worst in the world in terms of labour-employer relations is out of touch with reality. The study - released last week - ranks South Africa at the bottom of 137 countries in the WEF's Global Competitiveness Report. The findings are "very different" from the reality that the ILO experiences in South Africa on the ground, Musabayana says. The WEF findings are based on the perceptions of more than 14,000 business leaders and are supported by the unions."South Africans are very negative about themselves," says Musabayana, who is from Zimbabwe and has spent many of his more than 20 years with the ILO at its headquarters in Geneva. He has headed the organisation in South Africa for three years. "South Africans keep telling you things are so horrible, so bad. But go to the numbers and statistics." The report ignores how good the machinery for resolving...

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