Right to work worksop

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) in collaboration with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) invites you to a workshop on: 

Realising the Right to Work in South Africa

In January 2015 South Africa ratified the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) two decades after it was signed by President Nelson Mandela. In October 2018 the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee), the body that monitors implementation of ICESCR, issued its Concluding Observations to South Africa in response to government’s first report to the Committee. 

The Committee’s Concluding Observations were significantly influenced by submissions from civil society organisations and made clear recommendations under the heading “Precarious employment in the formal and informal economies”, including for example: 

  • Recognise the right to work
  • Training of public officials 
  • Reduce unemployment 
  • Regulate informal economy 
  • Intensify efforts to protect domestic and farm workers 
  • Include all sectors in the same minimum wage 
  • Strength the Labour Inspectorate 
  • Support trade union rights
  • Comply with ILO Recommendation 204 
  • Prevent casualization 
  • Strengthen enforcement 
  • Collect information on informal economy 

The workshop will consist of presentations, a panel discussion and a facilitated dialogue with the audience. The purpose of the workshop is to provide information to workers and local government officials about ICESCR and the Committee’s Concluding Observations on the Right to Work; and to provide a space for meaningful engagement between government, civil society, international organisations and affected workers about how the recommendations might be most effectively implemented and utilised for advocacy purposes. 

When: Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 9:00-14:00.

Where: Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa, 6th floor, Aspern House, 54 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. 

RSVP: Sekese Rasephei (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 011 356 5860 by 4 October 2019.

  • Download the full invite and programme here
  • Download a summary of the concluding observations from the UN Committee here.