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Minister Thulas Nxesi submits International Labour Organization convention to deal with violence and harassment in workplace

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Minister Thulas Nxesi submits International Labour Organization convention to deal with violence and harassment in workplace

Convention 190 (C190) provides for the protection of workers and other persons in the world of work, including employees as defined

PRETORIA, South Africa, November 29, 2021 / APO Group / –

South Africa’s Minister of Labor and Employment TW Nxesi today officially released the SA documents for registration and ratification with the International Labor Organization (ILO) convention dealing with violence and harassment in the workplace.

Minister Nxesi said the documents have been endorsed by the South African government and the instruments will now be presented for ratification with the Director General of the ILO’s International Labor Office. He said the submission of ratification documents has been in the works for the past two years.

“The C190: provides a solid political base to fight against discrimination and gender violence. The department, in partnership with the social partners, has developed a draft code of good practice for feedback, ”Minister Nxesi said.

The Minister added that for the ratification it was significant the fact that it coincides with the 16 days of Activism against Gender Violence and that violence and harassment are a violation and abuse of human rights and this instrument (the convention) provides a clear guideline for heading. of action to face the ‘pandemic’.

According to ILO C190 it is important, because violence and harassment in the world of work cannot be tolerated.

Convention 190 (C190) provides for the protection of workers and other people in the world of work, including employees as defined. Once a member signs the C190, they agree to take the appropriate steps to:

monitor and enforce national laws and regulations on violence and harassment in the world of work; the convention will only bind members of the International Labor Organization whose ratifications have been registered by the Director General of the International Labor Office; Ensure easy access to appropriate and effective remedies and safe, fair and effective reporting and dispute resolution mechanisms and procedures in cases of violence and harassment in the world of work.

A country that signs the C190 has an obligation to ensure proper implementation and resources.

In introducing the instruments, South Africa joins Argentina, Ecuador, Italy, Fiji, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia and Uruguay, which have ratified the convention.

The Executive Director of the ILO in South Africa, Joni Musabayana, said that C190 was the first convention that truly reflects the contribution of the African continent.

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