High Level Seminar and Policy Development Workshop on Labour Migration: 9 - 14 November 2015
The MiWORC team was excited and honoured to be invited to present at a High Level Seminar and Policy Development Workshop on Labour Migration convened by the SA Department of Labour and jointly coordinated by ILO Pretoria and ILO-ITC Turin which was held in Pretoria from 9 to 14 November 2015.
These meetings are the first step toward developing, for the first time ever, a labour migration policy for South Africa. They are the result of ongoing developments at the SADC level, in particular SADC’s Employment and Labour Sector’s Action Plan on Labour Migration (2013-2015), the Labour Migration Policy Framework (LMPF) (2014) and the Protocol on Employment and Labour (2014) which caters for the protection of migrant workers in its Article 19. The SADC Labour Migration Action Plan and the LMPF request member states to develp national labour migration policies by 2019.
MiWORC has since 2012, recognised the urgent need for a labour migration policy in the country and region (see MiWORC Report #1), a finding reiterated in empirical studies on key sections (public health; domestic work; agriculture, hospitality) of the South African economy, in order to protect the rights of workers, manage migration effectively and contribute to regional development. We acknowledge and salute the momentous step of these meetings in the important process of developing a regionally responsive, rights-based and development-oriented national and regional labur migration policy and wish the Department of Labour, the Department Home Affairs and their social partners well in this difficult but necessary process.
Also see the concept note for the meetings here:Read More »