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ROVING SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES IN AGRICULTURE VISIT TO SWEDEN BY A TRIPARTITE DELGATION FROM SOUTH AFRICA 2-8 June 2002
The issue of how to ensure effective schemes of safety representatives in agriculture was central to the negotiations on Convention No 184. Article 8 establishes the right for workers to select safety representatives in agriculture. However, the reality is that in many small to medium-sized agricultural undertakings this right cannot be turned into functioning safety representative schemes due to the small scale of these enterprises, their scattered nature, and general lack of resources and technical support. IUF is also concerned that even on larger farms and plantations, where safety representatives are appointed, or the right clearly exists, these safety representatives may be only have limited scope to improve health and safety standards due to lack of training and technical support.
Therefore a critical issue for IUF and its affiliate unions is how to develop safety representative schemes to cover small to medium-sized agricultural undertakings, and to boost the provision on larger farms and plantations? IUF's analysis is that in both situations, a system of roving safety representatives (RSRs) could be applicable provided the system was crafted specifically to cover at the one end, larger undertakings, and smaller to medium-sized establishments at the other.
Developing an RSR Scheme
in South Africa
Following successful fund raising by the Swedish
Agricultural Workers Union (SLF) and the IUF, a South African tripartite
delegation visited Sweden from 2-8 June 2002 to study the system with
roving safety representatives on the spot. The delegation was made up
The host organisation was the Swedish Municipal Workers Union (Kommunal), with which the Swedish Agricultural Workers Union had meanwhile merged.
The aims of the tripartite visit were:
Profiting from the World Summit on Sustainable Development
taking place in Johannesburg, a follow up meeting was held in Johannesburg
on 30 August 2002.
The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) is an international trade union federation composed of 340 affiliated organisations representing a combined membership of over 12 million workers in 126 countries. Members are employed in agriculture, the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages, hotels, restaurants and catering services, and all stages of tobacco processing. The IUF secretariat is in Geneva, Switzerland, with regional offices in Brussels, Belgium (Europe); Barbados, (Caribbean), Montevideo, Uruguay (Latin America); Nairobi, Kenya (Africa); and Sydney, Australia
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