the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the South African Equity Workers
Association (SAEWA) and the United Association of South Africa (UASA) today,
pledged their support by signing an agreement which is based on the principle
that HIV/AIDS is preventable and presents an opportunity to participants to make
a real difference.
objectives of the agreement include measures to reduce the number of infections
among employees, their families and communities. The parties will also strive to
ensure that the rights of employees living with HIV/AIDS are upheld in
compliance with existing legislation.
and the unions will aim to create a conducive environment in the workplace in an
attempt to deal with the epidemic constructively, and ensure that the parties
remain committed to the health, safety and well being of employees.
has committed itself through the "Harmony Declares War Against
HIV/AIDS" initiative, by actively seeking a management/labour partnership
with community involvement.
are committed to the 2001Chamber of Mines Wage Agreement in partnership with
trade unions and associations to develop and maintain programmes to minimise the
impact of HIV/AIDS on all its stakeholders. We are jointly developing a
comprehensive strategy and programme of response which will manage HIV/AIDS in
the company and its surrounding communities," says Bernard Swanepoel, chief
interventions will include intensive education and information programmes in
respect of healthy living, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections and
Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Pre- and post test counselling, psychotherapy and
support through well-trained personnel, and the appointment of an HIV/AIDS
co-ordinator from within the ranks of the unions and associations to assist in
giving effect to agreements.
has also developed its own Multivitamin/mineral supplement, which is focussed on
binding up the immune system. This will be made available at a nominal cost to
all employees and their dependants. The company will also provide health care
for affected and infected employees. Health care includes treatment at company
hospitals and medical stations, voluntary counselling and testing and wellness
undertakes to promote adherence to the Constitutional and legislative rights of
our employees. Harmony will not perform pre-employment HIV/AIDS testing. We
recognise that employees with HIV/AIDS are not legally required to disclose
their status. The confidentiality of all employees' or prospective employees'
medical information will consequently be maintained," concluded Bernard.