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Labour practice

Definition of the topic

The labour practice of a company refers to fair treatment of all workers, including those who are sub-contracted. It includes all policies and methods related to work that’s performed within or for a company, including contracted work. It pays attention to to the relation of your company with employees, other (temporary) workers and labour organisations.

What does it include?

To be a good (or even great) place to work you can:

  • provide good working conditions, including working time and remuneration;
  • encourage personal development;
  • respect rights and obligations, amongst others with respect to hiring and promotion of workers, disciplinary and complaints procedures and termination of employment;
  • promote and maintain health, safety and industrial hygiene;
  • support social dialogue and tripartite consultation;
  • recognise labour organisations and representation and participation of labour and employers’ organisations in collective negotiations.

Potential benefits

Creating jobs, including wages and other compensation for work done, are among the most important economic and social contributions of an organisation. Meaningful and productive work is an essential element in human development. While happy workers are more productive.

Employment improves living standards and the lack thereof is a primary cause of social problems. Labour practice has an important effect on the respect for the rule of law and to the sense of justice that prevails in society: socially responsible labor practices are essential for social justice, peace and stability.

See some best practices for pragmatic examples.

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