The Human Immune-deficiency Virus (HIV) and the Acquired Immune-deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are serious public health problems which have far-reaching socio-economic, employment and human rights implications.
It is recognized that the HIV/AIDS pandemic will affect every workplace, with prolonged staff illnesses, absenteeism and death impacting on productivity, employee benefits, occupational health and safety, production costs and workplace morale.
CONSAWU believes in:
- the principle of non-discrimination as enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa;
- the principle of non-discrimination against persons living with HIV/AIDS, their partners, families and friends;
- the inclusion of people living with HIV/AIDS in all decision-making processes;
- the continuum of quality treatment, care and support for persons affected by HIV/AIDS;
- the prevention and containment of the pandemic;
- the freedom of choice to an holistic approach to treatment;
- the development of a policy that acknowledges the diversity of culture and tradition within communities;
- the reduction of poverty so as to enhance socio-economic development and reduce vulnerability to HIV/AIDS;
- the support of a Code of Good Practice.
CONSAWU will achieve this through:
- encouraging voluntary testing among the members;
- promoting capacity and technical resources to members, the public and business sectors to ensure the development and implementation of appropriate HIV/AIDS treatment, plans and programmes;
- mentoring and training members, the public, private and civil society sectors for a multi-sectoral approach to dealing with HIV/AIDS;
- campaigning for the development of policy and effective implementation of programmes relating to the changing and emerging challenges of the HIV/AIDS pandemic;
- promoting communication with other provincial, national and international initiatives that have similar objectives to those of CONSAWU