The Right to Decent Work

SPII Working Paper No 15 - SPII Working Paper no Indicators to Monitor the Progressive Realisation of the Right to Decent Work in South Africa

SPII’s Socio-Economic Rights Monitoring Tool set out to unpack the core content of this right and to develop indicators which could be used to monitor the progressive realisation of the right to work in South Africa. A sister publication, ‘Realising the Right to Work in South Africa’ explores what policy and budgetary steps may need to be taken to ensure that this right is respected and fulfilled both in law and in practice.

SPII Right to Decent Work Pamphlet

In 2015, South Africa ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the International Covenant). As well as signalling a renewed commitment by government to ensure that everyone has access to all their socio-economic rights – including access to quality education, sufficient food and water, adequate housing, social security, and a healthy environment – by signing up to implement the Covenant, the government also committed to ensuring that all South Africans have access to decent work and an adequate standard of living for themselves and their family.