Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Decent Work


With reference to the four controversial Labour Bills published for public comment in Government Gazette No. 33873 the use of the term “Decent Work” has sparked some debate.

If these bills are to be enacted in their current form, the Labour Relations Act will be amended to align employment laws to achieve “Decent Work”, regulating sub-contracting, contract work and out-sourcing.

The Department of Labour eluded to define the term “Decent Work”, leaving it open to interpretation. One can perhaps speculate that they did so believing that the definition as per International Labour Organization (ILO) is the excepted norm.

According to the ILO, “Decent Work” is the availability of employment in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.

Decent Work involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.

(ILO info source: Wikipedia)

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