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A response from the Liberal Union of Belgium in the fight against poverty in Africa (SACCAWU)

duration: 5 years (From 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2016)
budget: not communicated

The 3 year program (2012-2014, extended to 2016) with SACCAWU will aim to establish a centralized bargaining forum for the South African wholesale & retail sector. It focuses on:
• SACCAWU’s internal bargaining structure has adapted a more effective centralized bargaining process
• A centralized bargaining forum, representing workers and employers from the wholesale and retail sector, is in place on national level, to negotiate a sector relationship agreement (SRA)
• SACCAWU raised its national representativity in the W&R sector
• Mutual exchange and learning developed for better understanding of collective bargaining
The program is worked out according to the PCM method

Workers in the South African wholesale and retail sector benefits from standardized working conditions and/or social benefits as bargained for by SACCAWU

Type of activities
Training, lobby and campaigns – capacity building

Results achieved
50% of the SACCAWU members in the wholesale & retail sector now have a minimum wage of more than 3000zar per month, with attention to gender demands, like maternity leave and equal treatment for part-time workers.


Maresa Le Roux
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