Wage Equity

In Employment / at the Workplace

1.There is a need for extensive challenge of the sexual division of labour and stereotypes that limit women's access to certain positions.
2. Encourage employment of women in our sectors and abolish gender bias in promotion and recruitment procedures (eg. bias in advertisements).
3. Employers should implement affirmative action programmes to redress the sexual division of labour by employing females in typical male jobs.
4. Education & Training in companies should target women and ABET should be run during working hours with paid education leave.
5. Job-creation schemes should prioritise the employment of women.
6. The state & employers should assist with the implementation of childcare facilities to facilitate the full participation of women in the workplace and with parental rights agreements.

2. Wage Equity

1. That COSATU work towards an increase in the employment of women in all areas of work and especially in higher paid job categories. This requires a conscious attempt to integrate gender aspects in COSATU affiliate wage policies by linking the demand of equal wages for equal work and equal wages for work of equal value to the living wage campaign. This will ensure that affiliates take up the struggle against the oppression & exploitation of women, ensuring that this is not regarded as a "women's” issue but a problem of every member of
the union.
2. Women and men should have equal status in all facets of life.
3. The present ideology plays a major role in restricting women to typical female jobs. Education from preschool
to tertiary education is necessary to combat a stereotype sex role.

3. The Union
1. We need to devise mechanisms which will empower women in the union.
2. Develop education & training modules (on women' needs). These to be given to NUMSA's women
membership from factory to regional level.
3. Develop organisers to understand women's demands/concerns.
4. Encourage male comrades to take part in gender education programmes so as to raise understanding of
the concept of gender.
5. Integrate gender into mainstream union activity.

4. Implementing these ideas
1. We should target all sectors.
2. Short term goal - by 1998 50% in all organised companies/plants in our union must implement the above policy.
3. Factory gender committees shall monitor progress and report from time to time to local gender coordinators
and local shopstewards council.
4. Locals to forward reports to region.
5. Implement an affirmative action campaign including training shop stewards to serve as Affirmative Action
officers.
6. Provide 2 training courses per year for women.
7. Campaign for safe transport.

5. Women everywhere
1. Support implementation of CEDAW, Beijing Platform of Action and the Women’s Charter for effective
equality.
2. Participate in the process towards the formation of a movement for the emancipation of women.

6. Sexual harassment
1. Sexual harassment must be outlawed.
2. We need to define policy principles and adopt a code on Sexual Harassment.
3. Such a code to include sections on:
- confidentiality
- report procedure
- procedures for settling grievances
- informal procedure
- correctional / disciplinary procedures
- dispute resolution
- implementation of policy.

7. Women everywhere
1. Support implementation of CEDAW, Beijing Platform of Action and the Women’s Charter for effective
equality.
2. Participate in the process towards the formation of a movement for the emancipation of women!

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