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Tuesday, 28 September 2010 13:54

PRESS RELEASE

SACTWU TESTS 58 000 MEMBERS FOR HIV


The 11th National Congress of the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union(SACTWU) has heard that the union’s Worker Health  Program has tested about 58 000 members for HIV and Aids and counselled each on their status , over the 3-year period 1 July 2007 to end June 2010, since the union’s previous Congress held in August 2007.

In addition, the union has established a R10 million strong Benevolent Fund to support members who have Aids, launched two fully equipped and professionally staffed mobile clinics, trained over 2 000 shop stewards on HIV/Aids awareness matters, became the first trade union to negotiate an industry-wide Code of Good Practice on managing HIV/Aids in the workplace for the clothing industry, conducted over 8 000 home-based care visits, and distributed over a million male and female condoms.

The SACTWU Worker Health Program is funded from the union’s own resources, with major donations from the PEPFAR fund and from our sister union in Belgium (the ABVV-Clothing, Textile and Diamond).

Go to http://www.sactwu.org.za/events/national-congress and search the ‘documents’ section for more details.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

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