Southern Africa Labour Commission (SALC)

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31 Jan 1980, Gaborone (Botswana), with only governmental membership. In 1990, became a tripartite organization comprising 8 Southern African states and trade unions and employers' organizations from the same member states. Ceased to exist, Aug 1996, by decision of SADC Council of Ministers, when replaced by SADC Employment and Labour Sector (ELS) within Southern African Development Community (SADC).


Improve the working conditions of black migrant workers in South Africa; restructure the economies of the labour supplier states of Southern Africa with a view to making it possible to absorb migrant workers returning from South Africa; ultimately abolish the system of migrant labour to South Africa as long as the apartheid system is not abolished. Further objectives expanded to include: coordination of manpower requirements, social security schemes, workers' health and environmental issues at work places, labour information exchange, labour market issues, research and human resources development.

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Projects since 1985 include: Employment creation projects in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Swaziland; Model Labour Migration Agreement with South Africa, approved, Sep 1987, by the Ministers of Labour of SALC (assisting supplier states in their negotiations with South Africa when drawing up labour contracts for migrant workers); Skilled manpower mobility in Southern Africa, 1992; Economic and social aspects of migratory labour in Eastern and Southern Africa, 1992, 1993; Working conditions and environment in Southern Africa, 1994; International Labour Standards in SALC countries, 1994.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 9 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Segregation
    • Racial, Ethnic Groups
    • Migrants
  • Social Activity
    • Human Resources
    • Work
    • Employment Conditions
    • Workers
    • Welfare
  • Health Care
    • Health
  • Economics
    • Economy
  • Environment
    • Environment

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



Last News Received

10. Aug 1999
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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