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Unpacking the Decent Work Agenda in Construction Operations for Developing Countries



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ISBN 9781032427904
June 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
128 Pages

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Book Description

Low construction labour productivity and the inadequate welfare of construction workers are consistent challenges in developing countries. These challenges are partially due to shortcomings situated in the Decent Work Agenda. This book proposes ways of sustaining construction labour productivity through fulfilling the Decent Work Agenda. This is a unique area of focus that is essential to fulfilling the broader and global aspects of decent work, sustainability, and construction labour productivity. Also, the focus of this book is on contributing to the plight of construction workers whose treatment is significantly unsound.

The construction industry needs to develop a humanistic face and contribute to the UN’s sustainable development goal of achieving full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men. To achieve this, construction companies are encouraged to implement corporate social responsibility strategies by equipping workers of different educational levels with knowledge and skills that can be transferred to benefit themselves and their communities. Thus, establishing structured on-the-job training that incorporates sustainability-learning objectives to achieve workers’ safety on sites is essential.

The book advocates for decency in the workplace through corporate-social responsibility, people-centred management, sustainability learning of skilled and semi-skilled construction workers, and decent working conditions. It will be of interest to construction industry policymakers, construction professionals, academics, and students of sustainable development and developing economies.

Table of Contents

LIST OF TABLES

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

CHAPTER 1 - BACKGROUNDCHAPTER 2- DECENT WORK OBJECTIVES FOR MONITORING CONSTRUCTION LABOUR PERFORMANCE

 3 - DECENT WORK CONDITIONS FOR IMPROVING CONSTRUCTION LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY IN ZIMBABWE

 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENHANCED SKILLED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS’ SOCIAL SECURITY

 

CHAPTER 5 - PEOPLE-CENTRED MANAGEMENT FOR IMPROVED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS’ PRODUCTIVITY

 

CHAPTER 6 - SUSTAINABILITY LEARNING FOR SKILLED CONSTRUCTION WORKERS’ PRODUCTIVE WORK ENVIRONMENTS

 

CHAPTER 7 - DECENT WORK IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES’ CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES: CASE STUDIES

 

CHAPTER 8 - CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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Author(s)

Biography

 

Tirivavi Moyo, PhD, is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Quantity Surveying at the Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, South Africa. He is an upcoming researcher with several publications on construction economics issues and holds a PhD in Construction Economics. He has a passion for decent work, sustainable construction and productivity.

 

Gerrit Crafford, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Quantity Surveying at the Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He is a results-driven, independent, determined and resourceful construction economics academic. Dr Crafford has an established domestic research track record and enjoys international recognition for his research outputs' quality and impact. He has research interests in higher education teaching and learning and business strategy. Dr Crafford envisions driving strategic innovation in an international institution or organisation in his ideal future.

 

Fidelis Emuze, PhD, is a Professor and Head of the Department of Built Environment at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), South Africa. Lean construction, health, safety, and sustainability constitute the primary research interest of Dr Emuze, a National Research Foundation-rated researcher who has published over 250 research outputs and received over 25 awards and recognitions. Dr Emuze is the editor of Value and Waste in Lean Construction, Valuing People in Construction, and co-editor of Construction Health and Safety in Developing Countries. Dr Emuze authored Construction Safety Pocketbook for South Africa in 2020. Dr Emuze is the International Coordinator of CIB W123 – People in Construction Working Commission.