6 July 1989: 260 Textiles workers at Finitex strike against the company’s use of breathalyser tests, and the involvement of the police in petty theft cases.
11 July 1990: 10 000 Frame cottonworkers start a three week long legal strike over wages, which ends in a victory for the union.
16-18 July 1993: Sactwu’s 4th National Congress – Durban. A new feature of the Congress is and “awards evening” where recognition is given for outstanding service in the interests of workers.
18 July 1980: 26 000 Cape Workers form a massive “human chain” to show their support for the workers charter demands.
24 July 1996: Start of the historic seven day strike by more than 80 000 Sactwu clothing workers nationally, signalling a new millitancy by their refusal to accept poverty increases.
29 July 1974: East London Frame workers strike.
July 1931: 2 300 white clothing workers in Johannesburg and Germiston strike for higher wages.
July 1974: Smith and Nephew Textile company signs a recognition agreement with NUTW – the first such agreement ever in South Africa between a trade union and employer.
July 1981: The industrial court reinstates dismissed workers at Stag Packing Textile company – the first ever reinstated decision of the court.
July 1999: Thousands of Sactwu members demonstrate throughout the country to focus public attention on the continued job losses in the fashion industry.
3-14 July 2000:Sactwu modernises the world of work for union shop stewards, through computer training. It is the first time in the history of the South African labour movement that a trade union has a training programme of this nature. More than 250 shop stewards nationally received this training. It is an ongoing process.
8 July 2000: Sactwu General Secretary, Ebrahim Patel, and Pentech vice-chancellor, Professor Brian Figaji, sign historic co-operation agreement, in the Western Cape. It states that the union and the technicon will work together to develop students and shop stewards in technology and media projects with specific emphasis on our jobs campaign.
21 July 2000: Start of a 12 day long strike by more than 1 000 Seton leather workers. The strike related to workers working rotational shifts and a demand to be paid for 42 hours per week. The strike ended in a historic victory.
1-31 July 2002: Sactwu's second leg of its annual national recruitment campaign commence.
July 2002: Sactwu's president Amon Ntuli steps down after 12 years’ service as the union's president. Amon was also the longest serving president of a Cosatu affiliate. He continues to serve the union on various other structures.
24 July 2002: Launch of the newly established National Clothing Bargaining Council in the Western Cape.
2-22 July 2003: Sesli strike for higher wages and trade union rights.