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Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003)

Industry Charters

Forest Sector Charter

15. Industry Specific Initiatives

15.2 Additional Instruments

15.2.8 Industry structures


Well functioning structures that represent and work on behalf of the various interest groups within the forest industry are required for sustainable transformation and growth in the sector.


To this end:


All sub-sectors of the forest industry undertake to:

(a) Strengthen sub-sector organisations where they exist to increase representivity, effectively lobby on behalf of members, facilitate access to support services particularly for small and emerging enterprises.
(b) Establish sub-sector organisations where there are none.
(c) Enhance co-operation between the sub-sector organisations.
(d) Respect and promote the right of all workers to join organisations of their choice and to create an enabling environment for the establishment and growth of worker organisations.


Trade Unions undertake to:

(e) Improve levels of organisation and representation of workers throughout the sector. In particular, they undertake to find appropriate  and effective ways to organise forestry workers in the context of widespread casualisation and outsourcing.


These measures will be operational within two years of the signing of the Charter.