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“Decent Work: the creation of decent jobs, rights at work, social protection and social dialogue”

duration: 5 years (From 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2026)
budget: not communicated

The program of CGSLB and its SSO, Movement for International Solidarity (MIS) in South Africa aims to strengthen her trade union partner COSATU to be able to sustainably represent vulnerable workers by promoting and improving social dialogue as the mean to obtain decent working conditions.
This 5 year program proposal directs its focus on the 2 transversal themes of gender and climate, contributing to the ILO Decent Work country program for South Africa, by focusing on the element of GBV/gender sensitive collective bargaining (ILO R.206, R.204) and given labour related input towards green & decent jobs. On the level of the objective COSATU will placed improve labour rights on GBV, maternity rights and/or the gender pay gap on the NEDLAC social dialogue agenda, help developed their sector affiliates program against GBV and Sexual harassment (R206) and give input to the national climate change policies, strategies and planning of South-Africa, concerning new labour related climate change adaptation measures
COSATU will work on strengthening capacities (capacity to relate) towards, by taking part in synergy activities like, peer to peer and triangular exchanges, presenting/implementing good practice case and organizing national campaigns on priority thematic area’s link to gender and climate.

Strengthened trade union partners in South-Africa have improved social dialogue (SDG 16.7), as a right and a governance instrument for all precarious workers in the formal and informal economy, in contribution to a just transition from the informal to the formal economy (ILO Recommendation 204, SDG 8.3, 8.5 & 8.8), with attention to gender and age equality (SDG 5.1 & 5.2), and the environment (SDG 13.2).

Type of activities
Training, best practice exchange, lobby and campaigns – capacity building