womens-dayThe Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) joins the rest of our nation in celebrating Women’s Day today.

While this day acknowledges the progressive steps South Africa has taken to uplift and empower our women, it is also a day to remember what still needs to be achieved going forward.

“IMATU fully supports the recent amendments to the Employment Equity Act that now place greater burden on employers to ensure that men and women (and other diversity categories) are equally remunerated for work of equal value. We as a country need to ensure that South African women are treated and remunerated equally,” commented IMATU General Secretary, Johan Koen.

“Good progress has been made since 1994 to deal with gender discrimination in the workplace. This progress should however, not take away from our collective commitment to create and better enhance women’s opportunities to Economic Empowerment. As a trade union operating in the local government sector, IMATU believes that the empowerment of women can be achieved through education, mentorship and skills development. We ensure that skills development and training initiatives are nationally accessible to our shop stewards and officials,” stated Koen.

IMATU is committed to achieving social transformation through sustainable local government.