South Africa: Unions Assured of Government's Commitment to Fight AIDS
May 9, 2003
South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma has assured the working class of the government's commitment to eradicating HIV/AIDS. Addressing the first of the four-day National Union of Mineworkers congress in Pretoria Wednesday, Zuma, who is also the chair of the South African National AIDS Council, said the pandemic is particularly affecting the working constituency. A resolution adopted last week in Midrand and signed by Mining Industry HIV/AIDS Summit participants, the Chamber of Mines, government and organized labor, said that by next year every workplace in South Africa is expected to have a sound policy and program to deal with HIV/AIDS. Policies will aim to encourage openness about the disease to reduce stigmatization, discrimination and prejudice against workers who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.Adapted from:
05.07.03; BuaNews (Pretoria)
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