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South Africa: Labour Inspectors Need Retraining on Green Jobs
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, June 24, 2013
Country: South Africa
Created: Jun 24, 2013

South Africa’s Department of Labour’s Chief Inspector, Thobile Lamati, said the department was already making arrangements for the retraining of inspectors.
“We will be training our inspectors and workers on the risks posed by the transition from fossil fuel to renewables. Sustainable development, decent work and green jobs guarantees the occupational health and safety of workers,” Lamati said.
The department was already in the process of looking at the policy implications of this economic shift.
“It is important, where necessary, that we ensure the greening processes are properly regulated to give effect to the decent work country objectives,” he said.
The committee acknowledged that the transition to sustainable development and green jobs will cause shifts in volumes, composition and quality of employment across sectors.
Caution should therefore be exercised during the navigation to a greener economy. Given the vulnerability of workers in this sector, it was also felt that there was a need for strengthening of social protection to eliminate or reduce worker vulnerability.
The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant is also attending the conference and is expected to address the National Assembly on Wednesday.
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