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                                     Welcome to SACTWU

The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) is the largest trade union in the clothing, textile, leather  and footwear industry in South Africa and globally, with just more than 99 000 members as at the end of August 2015.

Sactwu was founded in September 1989, the result of a merger between South Africa’s key garment, textile and leather sector trade unions.

We have a trade union density of just over 85%, in our core sectors. This allows Sactwu to represent its members more effectively.

We negotiate wages and terms of conditions of employment for the vast majority of workers in the clothing, textile, leather and footwear industry 
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Latest News

The 13th Congress of SACTWU took place from the 21-24th September 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, under the theme “Defend the democracy, protect workers, build unity, fight corruption, grow jobs... **Latest Update**
COSATU enters university fees issue
PRESS RELEASE: IMMEDIATEThe Congress of South African Trade Unions fully support the demand for free education. We have called for a consultative meeting with student leaders and higher education management. The...
Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather workers in cities heed COSATU'S strike call
  SACTWU Media further update: immediate Earlier today SACTWU released two statements on the extent of support for COSATU’s strike action amongst clothing workers in peri-urban areas such as Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal...
More rural area clothing workers support COSATU strike action
SACTWU Media update: immediateEarlier SACTWU released a statement setting out the support for COSATU’s strike action amongst clothing workers in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. This updated statement shares what is happening in...
 Newcastle clothing workers support COSATU strike action
SACTWU Media Release: Immediate Over 2000 clothing workers in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, are on strike today.Most of these workers toil in appalling sweatshop conditions, earning bitterly low wages. On International Decent...

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