Any workers producing products or services manufactured, sold or distributed by SIKU must be provided with living wages and decent working conditions.
Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week shall meet at least legal or industry minimum standards and always be sufficient to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income. Deductions from wages for disciplinary measures shall not be permitted nor shall any deductions from wages not provided for by national law be permitted without the expressed permission of the worker concerned. All workers shall be provided with written and understandable information about the conditions in respect of wages before they enter employment and of the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.
Working conditions are decent. A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided, and best occupational health and safety practice shall be promoted, bearing in mind the prevailing knowledge of the industry and of any specific hazards. Physical abuse, threats of physical abuse, unusual punishments or discipline, sexual and other harassment, and intimidation by the employer are strictly prohibited.
Employment is freely chosen. There shall be no use of forced, including bonded or prison, labour. Nor shall workers be required to lodge "deposits" or their identity papers with their employer.
There is no discrimination in employment. Equality of opportunity and treatment regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, nationality, social origin or other distinguishing characteristic shall be provided.
Child labour is not used. There shall be no use of child labour. Only workers above the age of 16 years or above the compulsory school-leaving age shall be engaged.
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected. The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and to bargain collectively shall be recognised. Workers' representatives shall not be the subject of discrimination and shall have access to all workplaces necessary to enable them to carry out their representation functions. Employers shall adopt a positive approach towards the activities of trade unions and an open attitude towards their organisational activities.
Hours of work are not excessive. Hours of work shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards. In any event, workers shall not on a regular basis be required to work in excess of 48 hours per week and shall be provided with at least one day off for every 7-day period. Overtime shall be voluntary, shall not exceed 12 hours per week, shall not be demanded on a regular basis and shall always be compensated at a premium rate