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Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)


National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry

Main Collective Agreement

Part C : Provisions for the KwaZulu-Natal Region


Annexure A : Code of Good Practice on Key Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Employment within the Clothing Manufacturing Industry of South Africa

2. Objectives


2.1. The Code’s primary objective is to set out a policy for employers and the trade union within the clothing manufacturing industry to implement so as to ensure individuals with HIV infection are not unfairly discriminated against in the workplace. This includes provisions regarding:
(i) creating a non-discriminatory work environment;
(ii) dealing with HIV testing, confidentiality and disclosure;
(iii) providing equitable employee benefits;
(iv) dealing with dismissals; and
(v) managing grievance procedures.


2.2. The Code’s secondary objective is to provide a policy for employers, employees and the trade union within the clothing manufacturing industry on how to manage HIV/AIDS within the workplace. Since the HIV/AIDS epidemic impacts upon the workplace and individuals at a number of different levels, it requires a holistic response which takes all of these factors into account. The Code therefore includes principles, which are dealt with in more detail under the statutes listed in item 5.1., on the following:
(i) creating a safe working environment for all employers and employees;
(ii) developing procedures to manage occupational incidents and claims for compensation;
(iii) introducing measures to prevent the spread of HIV;
(iv) developing strategies to assess and reduce the impact of the epidemic upon the workplace; and
(v) supporting those individuals who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS so that they may continue to work productively for as long as possible.


2.3. In addition, the Code promotes the establishment of mechanisms to foster co-operation at the following levels:
(i) between employers, employees and the trade union in the workplace; and
(ii) between the workplace and other stakeholders at a sectoral, local, provincial and national level.