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CEE Shines Light on Violence and Harassment Convention

September 20, 2019

Department of Employment and Labour

20 September 2019

The Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) is currently reviewing the employment equity policy instruments.

The employment and labour department confirmed this in a statement on the elimination and prevention of violence and harassment in the workplace.

The department added that the review is designed to develop a comprehensive Code of Good Practice on the elimination of violence and harassment in the World of Work in order to ensure full alignment with the recently adopted International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention.

The new ILO Violence and Harassment Convention was adopted in June 2019.

The department pointed out that the CEE will be advising the minister of employment and labour to recommend to NEDLAC and parliament the ratification of the ILO Convention as a matter of urgency.

“The CEE recognises the fact that violence and harassment in the world of work constitutes a human rights violation or abuse, and that violence and harassment are a threat to equal opportunities, are unacceptable and incompatible with dignified, decent work.”

The plan is to publish the new code for implementation by June 2020.