The freedom to associate is regarded by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as one of four core labour principles. In fact, it goes even further and classifies this as the most important labour principle. Along with the Labour Relations Act, the SIZA Social Standard establishes this requirement as a Principle Code Requirement. Code 5.6 requires that management must take reasonable measures to inform workers about their rights regarding freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Perhaps the most important step that an employer can take in this regard is creating and maintaining an enabling environment. Workers who are unaware of their rights are less likely to exercise them or even be aware of when these rights are being infringed. It is therefore critical that employers inform their workforce about this fundamental workplace right as the first step towards providing a work environment in which these rights are not only recognised but actively upheld.

For more information, feel free to visit the SIZA Social Standard