Sunday, 19 September 2010 00:00
SACTWU WELCOMES IEC ORDER FOR LOCALLY MADE ELECTION T-SHIRTS
The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has noticed, through its in-house tender monitoring system, that the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has invited tenders for 210 000 units of t-shirts to be used by its electoral agents in next year’s local government elections.
We note that the tender specifications require these t-shirts to be manufactured locally, and welcome this requirement. It will help to save and possible even create jobs in the local clothing industry. We have alerted local clothing manufacturers to this tender.
We have written to the IEC, congratulating it on this, but also cautioning it against any possible attempts by tenderers to bypass the local manufacturing requirement.
If further comment is required, kindly contact Etienne Vlok, Director of the Southern African Labour Research Institute (SALRI), the union’s research wing, on 082 448 0506.