Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks.
Flair SA emerged from a pursuit for addressing labour inequalities, specifically with regard to gender discrimination. Our slogan, Gender Equality at Work, means to inspire a desire for actions that speak louder than words.
Established in 2018, we are an organisation driven by progressive ideas, bold actions and a strong foundation of support.
By specifically advancing women’s rights in the South African labour market, Flair SA safeguards and promotes the dignity, rights and socio-economic status of its members.
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Our values support our vision, shape our culture and reflect what we stand for.
Having a due regard for other's feelings, wishes and rights
The right to be valued and respected for your own sake, and to be treated ethically.
The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
The state of being equal, especially in status, rights or opportunities.
The things you are duty bound to do as an upstanding member of a community.
Taking ownership for our actions.
Impartial and just treatment of others without favouritism or discrimination.
The inherent quality of being plausible or acceptable to a reasonable person.
The answers you need
1. ARE YOU A TRADE UNION OR A LABOUR UNION?
The terms "trade unions" and "labour unions" are often used interchangeably, both meaning they are part of the larger sector, which is "organized labour." Trade union -- or, labour union -- refers to the group that supports collective bargaining.
2. WHY DO WE NEED A UNION TO ADVANCE GENDER EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE?
Strong unions are necessary for effective collective bargaining - an important way of regulating industrial relations and of determining workers’ wages and benefits (www.labour.gov.za).
For victims of gender bias to truly become empowered, we must stand together. Flair SA provides a legitimate platform through which gender related challenges in the workplace can be addressed with employers – from a position of strength.
Although trade unions do not have to be registered with the Department of Labour, registered unions have additional rights.
2.1 Rights of Trade Unions
Registered unions have more rights than unregistered ones, including:
- organisational rights awarded by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA);
- a right to –
- be a member of a bargaining or statutory council, subject to the admission requirements of the council;
- enter into agency and closed shop agreements;
o establish workplace forums;
- conclude collective agreements;
- enter an employer’s premises (employer’s permission is required to enter a private home) to recruit or meet members;
- hold meetings with employees outside their working hours at the employer’s premises; and
- conduct elections or ballots among its members on union matters.
All trade unions have a right to –
- perform lawful activities;
- form or affiliate with national and/or international trade union or employers’ federations; and
- fund or be funded by such international federations.
2.2 Worker’s Rights
Workers and job seekers have a right to join and be active in trade unions.
Workers and job seekers have a right to -
- form a trade union;
- join a trade union;
- take part in lawful trade union activities; and
- be protected from employers or others who discriminate against them because of their membership or activities.
Employers may not discriminate against workers or job applicants who are trade union members or who take part in trade union activities. They may not reward workers or job applicants who are not trade union members.