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Promover el Trabajo Decente para un desarrollo sostenible, justo, solidario e inclusivo: SACCAWU

duration: 5 years (From 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2021)
budget: not communicated

Description The programme of the CGSLB and its SSO, the Movement for International Solidarity (MIS), aims to strengthen her trade union partners in South Africa (COSATU and one of COSATU’s 19 affiliates, SACCAWU, organising workers in the retail & hospitality sectors) to be able to sustainably represent vulnerable workers by promoting and improving social dialogue as a means to obtaining decent working conditions. This not only for their traditional trade unions members, but also for all vulnerable workers, the ‘non-standardised employees’ in South Africa. COSATU will focus on achieving decent work for all by working towards transforming the informal (non-standardised) to the formal, by lobbying, through social dialogue, the South African government to implement ILO Recommendation 204, giving special attention to acquire (through negotiating) a national minimum wage through legislation for all workers, including the vulnerable. Focus within the vulnerable worker groups will be placed on women and youth. To reach this goal COSATU will focus on a multi-actor approach with attention for inter-union consultation and networking. COSATU will build on the knowledge capitalisation from the past multi-annual programme 2012-2016 and continue to advance south-south and triangular cooperation, by sharing best practices among its different strategic partners.

Objective Strengthened trade union partners in South Africa, are able to improve social dialogue, contributing to more favourable working conditions for vulnerable workers in the informal and formal economy with focus on women & youth”

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