Neil Coleman is Co-Director of the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), a progressive economic policy think tank that was launched in September 2018, by a group of South African academics, activists and former government policy makers. The IEJ’s core objective is to provide policy makers and progressive social forces in South Africa with access to rigorous economic analysis, and well thought through policy options, to address the multiple socio-economic challenges confronting the country.
Neil worked for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) from 1989 to September 2017. From 1995-2007 he represented COSATU in the constitution making process, and in Parliament. He was involved in policy development work over much of this period, having co-ordinated a team which drafted over 250 submissions on policy and legislation to parliament and government departments between 1995 and 2007, and from 2008-2017 continued to work on various policy and strategy issues in his position as Strategies Coordinator of the COSATU Secretariat.
His most recent role in COSATU involved giving strategic policy advice to COSATU, as well as coordinating various teams of experts for the federation, including working with the country’s top progressive economists. From 2015-2017 he led the Labour delegation (the 3 Federations in Nedlac) in negotiating South Africa’s first National Minimum Wage. This was implemented in January 201