The development and dynamics of HIV/AIDS committees in the South African workplace

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- other
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2005
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.Vass
SOURCE EDITOR(S): F.Hendricks
KEYWORDS: HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS COMMITTEES, WORK, WORKING CONDITIONS
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 3837

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to assess the role, status and scope of HIV/AIDS committees in creating new opportunities to extend social protective rights to South African employees. The findings are derived from case studies documenting the experiences of five small and medium-sized companies in implementing HIV/policies and programmes. HIV/Aids programmes are generally implemented under the auspices of a workplace HIV/AIDS committee or forum. The human Resources department and the occupational health unit greatly drive the division-making process, policy formulation and programme implementation, on part due to superior access to resources and information. Participation is generally voluntary; it includes membership across the workforce, but with a notable lack of participation by white-collar employees and line management. Despite their consultative nature, the committees have been instrumental in securing HIV/AIDS-related rights and services, thus extending social protection and employee rights, most often only attainable through formal collective bargaining.