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Friday, 28 November 2008 17:03

 

PRESS RELEASE: IMMEDIATE

 

About 9000 Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) members have undergone the union's Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) program this year alone.  A report tabled at the union's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting today, shows that as at the end of October 2008, a total of 8 943 union members have been tested and counselled, over the 10 month period from January to end October this year.

This brings to almost 16 000 the number of SACTWU members who have had union-provided VCT since the inception of the program.

In August this year, the SACTWU Worker Health Program launched its VCT mobile clinic in Newcastle in KZN, to extend the union's VCT services to the non-metro areas of Newcastle and Ladysmith. Already, for the months of August to October 2008, about 780 union members have undergone VCT offered by this mobile clinic.

For the 10 month period up to the end of October this year, the SACTWU Worker Health Program has reached a total of 83 763 unionised workers in about 600 workplaces in the clothing, textile and leather industry, with a focused union  HIV/Aids awareness mesage.

About 1 000 SACTWU shop stewards have undergone formal training in HIV/Aids awareness, over the 10 month period January to end October this year.

The SACTWU Worker Health Program will run special World Aids Day events in all of its regions, starting this Saturday in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Free State, and next Saturday in KZN. The events will focus on the "HIV prevention message" and for the first time will focus on members' children.

 

Issued by Andre Kriel Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) Deputy General Secretary

For further information, kindly contact the National Director of the SACTWU Worker Health Program, Nikki Soboil, on 0824493029