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2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW | EXCELLENCE
Plainly put, decent work is generally
accepted as work which respects
human dignity, secures an adequate
livelihood, supports individuals and
their families to fully develop their
capacities and talents, and is a
unifying interest shared globally.
DETERMINANTS OF
‘DECENT LIFE’
What is novel about the research, said
Meyer, is the underlying assumption,
first, that it is insufficient to determine
wage levels based on economic
factors alone, without consideration of
psychological variables; and second,
that a wage level allowing for a decent
life can be determined using such
psychological indicators.
“The research is thus embedded
in the broader area of seeking
innovative ways in which to see work,
the purpose of work, and the role
of work, employers and employees
within society,” she said in her
proposal for the chair.
“In this way it aligns directly with
the National Development Plan’s
priority area Creation of Decent Work
and Sustainable Livelihood, and the
Medium-Term Strategic Framework’s
outcome Sustainable Human
Settlements and Improved Quality of
Households.”
Her recent research has explored
the living wage as a means of
fulfilling United Nations Sustainable
Development Goal 8: Decent Work
and Economic Growth, and the
International Labour Organisation’s
(ILO) Decent Work Agenda.
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