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Thursday, 15 October 2009 02:11

SACTWU Press Release, 15 October 2009

SACTWU SIGNS R128 MILLION CLOTHING INDUSTRY WAGE DEAL

The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) and clothing industry employers have today signed the 2009/2010 national wage agreement for the clothing industry. The signing ceremony took place at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Clothing Industry Bargaining Council held earlier today. This now officially brings the national wage strike (which started on 15 September 2009) by 55 000 (fifty five thousand) clothing workers to an official end. The strike was partially suspended when a settlement of the dispute was brokered by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation & Arbitration (CCMA) on 29th September 2009, but continued in some areas such as Botshabelo, Isithebe and QwaQwa until late last week.

The settlement is worth R128 million in increased wages which will be injected into the economy over the duration of the agreement. This is a welcome cash stimulus package for the industry and for the country. Wage increases will range from between 7% to 11.8% per week on the current minimum wage levels, depending on job category and geographic area. In areas such as Botshabelo, QwaQwa and Isithebe where the actual wage paid is much lower, wage increases will range between 18% and 22% per week. Increases will be backdated to 1st September 2009, the date on which the new wage levels were to take effect. Lower paid workers will get higher percentage increases.

 

The agreement also provides for the establishment of a clothing industry Productivity Institute, a Clothing Industry Training Board to further upskill workers, mechanisms to address non-compliance with the provisions of the industry agreement by some employers and a narrowing of the wage gap between metro area workers and non-metro area workers.

The trade union welcomes the settlement and now calls on its members to return the industry to full productivity as soon possible.

Clothing workers can expect the new wage increases in their pay packets with effect from next week.

You can download and view a copy of the signed agreement by clicking HERE


Issued by

Andre Kriel

SACTWU

General Secretary

If further comment is required, kindly call Andre Kriel on phone number 021 4474570