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A South African society with a constitutional order, and a regulatory and institutional framework providing for empowerment and effective implementation of the rights of all working people, including non-standard workers.


To strengthen the movement for social and workplace justice through knowledge production that enhances institutional capacity and facilitates dialogue.


Established in 1993, on the eve of South Africa’s watershed first democratic election, SLP is has continuously adjusted its strategic focus in order for its work to remain relevant. Combining EXCELLENCE with ACCESS it continues to build a concept of workplace justice based on research and capacity-building.


SLP seeks to:

  • Foster and support workplace and social justice through research and building capacity of labour-based organisations, government officials and NGOs in key areas of labour law, social security law and industrial relations;
  • Conduct academic and applied research and make the outcomes accessible especially to workers and their organisations as well as employers, academic institutions, government departments, public-sector organisations, community and NGOs;
  • Build capacity through a wide spectrum of custom-designed courses for shop stewards, trade union officials, NPO and NGO staff, and government officials; and 
  • ​Cooperate with trade unions and workers’ organisations, and other institutions in the private and public sectors with similar objectives and values, in pursuing the above activities.


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