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.
- 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 participantsThis 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
- Other leading practitioners and experts; both in South Africa and internationally.
Programme outlineThe key programme focus for the two days is summarized below.
Day 1: Thursday 12th 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?