Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Social dialogue: the state of play - Two day workshop 12- 13 April

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), The Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group (LEP) from the University of Cape Town and Phuhlisani NPC are hosting a two-day workshop on 12th and 13th April 2018 at the Mount Roche Hotel in Paarl.

Workshop objectives

  • To bring together a wide range of actors to assess progress of social dialogue initiatives in advancing decent work in the Western Cape’s fruit and wine sectors
  • To discuss a joint draft policy submission on farm worker housing highlighting key problems and proposing practical solutions
  • To review the findings from research commissioned by ETI into Good Practices Advancing Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining in the agricultural sector
  • To discuss how Freedom of Association can be enhanced at farm level
  • To share perspectives on what’s working and what needs to change
  • To identify priorities to shape the decent work agenda going forward.

Event participants

This two-day workshop aims to bring together a wide range of actors including:
  • Agricultural associations, employers’ associations and farmers
  • Civil society organisations and NGOs
  • Trade unions
  • Government bodies
  • Academia
  • Retailers
  • Other leading practitioners and experts; both in South Africa and internationally.

Programme outline

 The key programme focus for the two days is summarized below.

Day 1: Thursday 12​th​ April 2018

Social Dialogue: The state of play
  • Overview and update on the Decent Work in Agriculture social dialogue platform, updates from a range of current initiatives in the Western Cape.
  • Social Dialogue for improved farmworker housing
  • Updates on the progress of the Phakisa farm worker housing and land ownership programme.
  • Review of a draft policy submission on farm worker housing, tenure security and access to services.

Day 2: Friday 13th April 2018

  • Lessons from good practice case studies: Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  • Presentation on the findings from a recent study on freedom of association on farms, cellars and pack houses.
  • Lessons learnt from the findings.
  • Sharing perspectives from workshops on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining held with civil society organizations, trade unions, employer and industry bodies
  • Where do we stand?
  • Where is the common ground?
  • What needs to change?
  • Evaluation of the Decent Work in Agriculture social dialogue platform to date
  • What has worked and what has not?
  • Should this platform be continued? 
  • If so, what are the next steps?
  • How can a future DWiA be better capacitated/enabled?
  • Who else should be included in DWiA?


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