Fundamental rights at work • Health and Safety • Fair wages • Productive work force • Workers Accommodation • Workplace harmony 

South Africa needs urgently to address the unemployment crises which is rapidly increasing poverty and unrest.   This however, cannot be at the expense of providing a safe, healthy working environment where workers can earn enough to provide for their families.   Through the Value Based Platform, SAFAS provides the tools to assist forestry organisation’s to negotiate this fine balance.

South Africa has ratified all 8 of the International Labour Organisations [ILO] Core Conventions and their labour standards and incorporated them into the legal framework.  Compliance with SAFAS criteria will reduce the risk of non-compliance with South African Labour Legislation.

Compliance with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (75 of 1997) and the Employment Equity Act (No. 55 of 1998) and Labour Relations Act (Act No. 66 of 1995) would ensure compliance with the all ILO core conventions.

The Eight Fundamental Conventions Are:

  1. Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to  Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87)
  2. Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98)
  3. Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29)
  4. Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105)
  5. Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138)
  6. Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182)
  7. Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951 (No. 100)
  8. Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111)
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