Training Courses

1. Employment Equity for women farm workers

This 4-day course deals with issues of Employment Equity especially as these affect women farm workers. Learners are equipped with the knowledge of understanding the Employment Equity Act. This course consists of a multimedia-training package consisting of a video, a video guide for facilitators and audiocassettes.

2. Basic Conditions of Employment for Farm workers

This is a 3-day course covering the Sectoral Determination in Agriculture. It deals with the various provisions of the sectoral determination for farm workers. Participants are equipped with knowledge to enable them to advise and assist farm workers in enforcing their basic employment rights. It is aimed at community-based paralegals, trade union organisers and farmworker leadership.

3. Understanding unfair Labour Practices, Disciplinary proceedings and Dismissals in the workplace. ( Labour Relations Act)

This 4-day course focuses on issues of disciplinary processes and unfair labour practices on the farm. Learners are equipped with knowledge on the various aspects of what constitutes unfair labour practices, how these are dealt with through the LRA and how to assist farm workers in preparing for disciplinary hearings. Learners are also introduced to basic Alternative Dispute Resolution methods, such as mediation and conciliation.

4. HIV and AIDS in the workplace

This is a 6-day course. This training differs from generic material on HIV/AIDS training in that it is situated in the context of farm work. Therefore, besides covering necessary information on HIV/AIDS, it has a specific focus on labour legislation in the agricultural sector. It also has a distinct focus on gender, gender-based violence and HIV infection. It fills a particular niche because it is focused on the agricultural sector and has a strong gender focus. It includes relevant socio-economic (e.g. labour, tenure, sustainable livelihood) and cultural issues

5. Training Rural Legal Literacy Trainers

This is a 3-day course and trains trainers based in advice offices, trade unions, NGOs and CBOs It focuses on basic facilitation skills and aspects of the different labour laws affecting farm workers

6. Alternative Dispute Resolution skills in agricultural labour

This 4-day course aims to ensure that trade union leadership and community-based paralegals located in advice offices and working in the agricultural sector are skilled to analyse conflict situations and use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods effectively to resolve disputes.

7. Training for community researchers

This 3 day training informs community researchers about the basic principles of research and methodology thereby:

  • Understanding the underlying rationale for the design of a specific research project
  • Becoming familiar with a questionnaire and any problems which may arise during interviews
  • Practising the completion of a questionnaire through doing a role-play of an interview.

Participants further understand their own role and position in the research and are assisted in identifying potential problems both in the research design as well as the implementation of the research.

8. Organisational Rights Skills Training

This 5-day training aims:

  • To familiarise organisers and shop stewards in the farming and agricultural sector with the historical context and legal framework for organising and collective bargaining.
  • To enable trade unionists in the sector, through developing the relevant skills, to utilise this knowledge
    in the best interests of the workers that they assist in organising and represent.
  • To facilitate a sharing of experience and learning amongst various trade unionists in the agricultural sector
  • To enhance the negotiation and educational skills of trade unionists in the agricultural sector.
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