MISA launches ground-breaking policy in support of Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the Workplace and offers to assist employers in the retail motor industry
- Gender-based violence a widespread problem in South Africa
- Ground-breaking policy will have far-reaching effects in motor retail industry
- MISA extends an offer to motor retail industry employers for free assistance
As the 2019 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children reaches its last day, the Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) is launching a ground-breaking policy on Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the Workplace. In addition, as tangible proof of our commitment in combatting this scourge in the retail motor industry, we offer help and support to employers to assist with drawing up their own, tailor-made workplace policies.
“Gender-based violence (GBV) is a profound and widespread problem in South Africa, impacting on almost every aspect of life. It is not ‘somebody else’s problem’, but everybody’s problem,” says Martlé Keyter, MISA’s CEO: Operations.
“GBV is not only prevalent in every level of our society, but sadly also in the retail motor industry. As a trade union that has the protection of our members’ rights and members’ best interests as core values, we have not only developed a new, ground-breaking policy, but are stepping forward to assist employers to draw up their own workplace policies.”
Martlé believes the implementation of MISA’s new policy will have far-reaching effects towards improving the lives of workers within the retail motor industry. “The policy proves an important mechanism which can be used to address and prevent all forms of violence and harassment within the workplace,” she says.
GBV disproportionately affects women and girls, is systemic, and deeply entrenched in institutions, cultures and traditions in South Africa. The events which occurred in 2019 have highlighted more than ever before, that awareness about Gender-Based Violence and its effects, without complementary action to curb the scourge and address its effects is ineffective.
This policy is aligned with the Convention No. 190, Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work, which was adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 21 June 2019. The policy is intended to be a means to create a workplace and environment that is free from violence and harassment, prevent and eliminate violence and harassment within the operational environment and provide procedures to deal with these and prevent recurrences.
“We must do everything we can to end all forms of discrimination, violence and harrassment and ensure appropriate behaviour within the retail motor industry,” urges Martlé.