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COSATU Today  |  Articles

Labour Rights for women 2012-2015 Campaign session underway in Johannesburg

13 February 2015

Four (4) Labour Federations in South Africa are holding a Labour Rights for Women session under the Theme `Strengthen Bargaining Agenda for Gender Equality` attended by COSATU Gender Coordinators at Eikenhof, Lido Conference Centre, South of Johannesburg which resumed from Thursday, 12th February until Friday, 13th February 2015.

The Gender session is held to assess the programme implementation impact in 2014, to strengthen coordination and sharing of experiences amongst Gender Activists and to evaluate how Workers’ Formations, are tackling patriarchal tendencies in society.

‘COSATU has welcomed and also attended workshops by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration [CCMA] on the newly legislated Sexual Harassment in the Workplace law and our structures has provided Gender Coordinators with the necessary tools, to popularize the labour laws to advance gender struggles in the country’, Comrade Getrude Mtshweni, COSATU National Gender Coordinator.

‘Reflections will be made on other campaigns by COSATU such as ‘Bring the Girls Back’ which was implemented after around 240 girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria, the continuing challenge of human trafficking, the International Women’s Day, the 16 Days of Activism against abuse of women and children and extending a generous hand to vulnerable communities during the International Mandela Day’, elaborated Comrade Mtshweni.

‘The meeting is held in partnership with International Trade Union Confederation [ITUC], International Labour Organization [ILO] and Solidarity Centre and is expected to come up with a comprehensive programme for 2015 across all Workers’ Formations’, said Comrade Mtshweni

‘Gender issues are Trade Union matters’, concluded Comrade Mtshweni

Norman Mampane, COSATU Communications Officer