DECENT WORK. Select Committee on Labour & Public Enterprise 29 th May 2013. Introduction. What is the Decent Work Agenda? The South African Decent Work Country Programme SA DWCP Governance & Implementation 4. DoL involvement in Cooperatives. 1. What is the Decent Work Agenda?.
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Select Committee on Labour & Public Enterprise
29th May 2013
4. DoL involvement in Cooperatives
Strategic pillars of decent work:
PRIORITY 1: Strengthening Fundamental Principles and Rights at work
Outcome 1:Up-to-date International Labour Standards are ratified, complied with and reported on.
Outcome 2:Labour administration apply up-to-date labour legislation and provide effective services.
PRIORITY 2:Employment Promotion
Outcome 3:More women and men, especially youth and persons with disabilities, have access to productive and decent employment through inclusive job rich growth.
Outcome 4:Sustainable and competitive enterprises (incl. cooperatives) create productive and decent jobs especially among women, youth and persons with disabilities.
Outcome 5:Skills development increases the employability of workers and the inclusiveness of growth
PRIORITY 3: Strengthening and broadening social protection
Outcome 6:Skills development increases the employability of workers and the inclusiveness of growth
Outcome 7:Workers and enterprises benefit from improved safety and healthy conditions at work.
Outcome 8:The World of Work responds effectively to the HIV and AIDS epidemic
PRIORITY 4: Strengthening tripartism and social dialogue
Outcome 9:Strengthened labour market institutions and capacitated social partners (tripartite-plus) contribute to effective social dialogue and sound industrial relations
2. Thematic areas in Profile (linked to pillars of decent work):
DOL involvement in Cooperatives Support
- Umsobomvu Youth Fund that has since been transferred to the Presidency
DOL Research in Understanding
the Worker Cooperative
Cooperatives are defined as Autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their economic, social and cultural needs through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise” ILO
The ILO views cooperatives as important in improving the living and working conditions of women and men globally as well as making essential infrastructure and services available even in areas neglected by the state and investor-driven enterprises.
Understanding the Worker Cooperative
Cooperatives have a proven record of creating and sustaining employment – they provide over 100 million jobs today; they advance the ILO’s Global Employment Agenda and contribute to promoting decent work.
In RSA case Cooperatives can contribute towards poverty reduction in general, creating employment, especially for young people, contribute to the country’s MDG commitments etc.
Understanding the Worker Cooperative Advantage I
Two centuries of experience
Movements and crises are crucial drivers
Worker ownership and control
Worker Owner Based Work;
Understanding the Worker Cooperative Advantage II
Understanding the Worker Cooperative Advantage III
The Economics of Worker Cooperatives
(I)Macro-economics: growth, structural transformation, labour market benefits, innovation
(II) Micro-economics: Labour costs are a fixed cost, builds internal capital pools, community transformation
Understanding the Worker Cooperative Advantage IV
Understanding the Worker Cooperative Advantage V
Provide regulatory standards to prevent the abuse of the worker cooperative model and ensure descent worker owner work
Align Principles with DTI Strategy: ‘share responsibility’, etc
Strategic opportunities: International, national and in DOL
Main strategic pillars and support programs
Pillar 1: Information and Technical Support Provision
Support Program 1: Worker Cooperative Development Advice
Support Program 2: Worker Cooperative Turn Around, Expansion and Innovation
Support Program 3: Worker Cooperative Take Overs
Pillar 2: Legislative and regulatory support
Support Program 1: Administration, Registration and Inspection of Worker Cooperatives Act
Support Program 2: Education on Worker Cooperative Act Compliance
Pillar 3: Harnessing Inter-governmental and Non-governmental support
Support Program 1: Intergovernmental Liaison and Technical Support Coordination
Support Program 2: Outreach and Strategic Partnerships
Pillar 4: Worker Cooperative Working Capital Support
Support Program 1: Working Capital Fund
Pillar 5: Knowledge Production and Diffusion
Support Program 1: Research Support and Learning Platform