Snail Mail Us

PO Box 1133
Germiston
1400
South Africa


Visit Us

2 High Rd
Georgetown
Germiston
South Africa


Phone Us

+27 (11) 873 0903
082 012 1934
076 551 7112

Email us

info@cwao.org.za

FREE ADVICE AND SUPPORT TO CASUAL, CONTRACT, LABOUR BROKERS & OTHER WORKERS ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA

About the Casual Workers' Advice Office

The Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO) was founded in 2011 as a non-profit, independent organisation. It provides advice and support to workers, privileging casual, contract, labour broker and other precarious workers. The organisation was formed out of the recognition that the traditional labour movement appears incapable or unwilling to organize the new kinds of workers created by neo-liberalism. This recognition also informs the emphasis the CWAO places on precarious workers beginning to organize themselves. The old industrial model of organizing seems unsuitable for precarious workers. Indeed, it seems no longer suitable for traditional industrial workers themselves. The new organizational forms that will take its place will be determined by workers through struggle. It is through organisation that precarious workers will best defend their rights, improve upon those rights, and connect with broader struggles for social justice and an egalitarian society

The Work of the CWAO

The CWAO undertakes to provide:

The organisation networks with other advice offices, as well as with support organisations such as Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and institutions such as the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration (CMMA) and the Department of Labour.

The CWAO is involved in campaigns and advocacy, in alliance with other advice offices and social justice organisations.

Through these activities the CWAO encourages and supports the emergence of organisation among precarious workers.

 

The Aims of the CWAO

The organisation aims to improve the conditions of work and existence of precarious workers.

The Institution

The CWAO is a registered, non-profit, voluntary organisation. It has a 4-person management committee and 13 full-time staff.

The organisation is located close to the Germiston railway station and taxi rank, and is very accessible for the east rand townships that it services.