Today's Big Stories

Why creating human rights rules in the workplace is important, but sensitive

Human rights violations in the workplace have become a growing issue over the past year, according to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

(Also read our article: Mining silicosis - How SA's medical compensation system is failing mineworkers)

The SAHRC is concerned about the increase in complaints it has received and wants to engage with the private sector around what their obligations are towards employees.

In the second quarter of 2015, the SAHRC received the following complaints, some concerning more than one category:

  • 20% related to equality issues.

  • 11% under the freedom of expression category.

  • 10% for socio-economic rights.

  • 8% for housing issues.

  • 7% related to administrative action.

Danny Bradlow, Professor at the University of Pretoria’s Economic and Management Sciences faculty, says South Africa must tread carefully when drawing up human rights rules for businesses in the country.

According to Bradlow, worker's rights need to be balanced with community needs, consumer demands and other environmental factors such as legal, economic and political activities.

Bradlow says that those who want to merge human rights practices into business must first develop their knowledge of how to incorporate human rights considerations into their planning and operations.

There is definitely a place for human rights in the workplace and other aspects of business activities. But what is important is how we managed and handle those rights and regulations.

Danny Bradlow, University of Pretoria’s Economic and Management Sciences professor

Bradlow says labour-intensive industries, such as mining and construction, need to redress human rights violations from the past and further provide preventative solutions to uphold human rights in the future.

He believes the country may not be prepared for a business and human rights treaty and the efforts to create one are misdirected.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

Why women earn less than their male counterparts in South Africa

Why women earn less than their male counterparts in South Africa

South African women generally earn 15% less for the same work as men. A researcher looks at why and which sectors are most guilty.

Report says SA women still earn on average 15% less for doing same jobs as men

Report says SA women still earn on average 15% less for doing same jobs as men

A professor in Industrial Psychology and People Management discusses women's rights and South Africa's persistent gender pay gap.

Recruiters requesting payslips seen as unfair practice

Recruiters requesting payslips seen as unfair practice

The practice of recruitment agencies requesting payslips of potential employees is deemed unfair practice by many SA job seekers.

Mining silicosis: How SA's medical compensation system is failing mineworkers

Mining silicosis: How SA's medical compensation system is failing mineworkers

Lawsuits by those that have contracted the lung disease silicosis have now put spotlight on medical compensation for sick miners.

Popular articles
Most common sex-related injuries and how to avoid them!

Most common sex-related injuries and how to avoid them!

Experts say vaginal tears, broken penises and the loss of foreign objects in the body are often seen in the ER

Radio powerhouse joins 702

Radio powerhouse joins 702

Richard Nwamba will host a new African music show between 16h00 and 18h00 every Saturday.

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Mtongana about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

Johannesburg father, Chris says he had just come back from work when he walked in on an employee raping his 17 year old daughter.

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

A trending Twitter debate has left social media users arguing over whether Winnie the Pooh is a girl or boy.

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

Marli van Breda's ex took the stand in the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?