The Social Dialogue Platform for Decent Work in Agriculture is organising a consultation with trade unions and farm worker/labour organisations on the 10 October in 2017. We would like to invite you to join us and input into this important discussion on freedom of association and collective bargaining rights in the agriculture sector.
The Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP), based at the University of Cape Town, recently completed a research project to assess how private sector social codes can lift farm workers’ living and working conditions above the legal minimum. The research also assessed unions awareness of these codes and understanding of the potential leveraging opportunities to engage with codes.
The programme for the consultation discussion will aim to:
- Give feedback on the research and explore how unions leverage social codes to get better working conditions.
- Identify how these codes align with your key priority areas and how unions can engage in audits and their verification.
- Discuss whether changes to the codes; verification methods; complaints procedures need to be changed/updated.
- Reviewing opportunities for practical cooperation and engagement among worker organisations on the topic of codes.
The draft programme for the meeting can be found below.
Promoting Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining and the link with Social Codes
Date: 10th October
Venue: Kramer Building, UCT Middle Campus
Agenda: Subject to change
Registration and coffee
Welcome, introductions and overview of the session
Dr Rick de Satge and Claud Woodman
Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP) research presentation & Q&A
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining:
Break away sessions to be facilitated
Plenary Sessions to report back discussions from breakaways
Breakaway session 2: Next steps
Rick de Satge
Plenary session: feedback from breakaway discussion