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Press Releases - 2017
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:40


Media release:  Immediate

 
The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) is due strike against the City of Cape Town, in early October this year.
 
This was decided yesterday, at a meeting of the union’s Western Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).
 
The reason for strike is the long outstanding dispute about the City’s unilateral decision to outsource the Good Hope Centre to a film company. This robbed the union of its traditional home for its annual Spring Queen Pageant.  The Spring Queen is a major annual event of the union’s local procurement- and jobs promotion campaign.
 
We have been treated disrespectfully in this regard. It indicates that the interests of the poor in general and workers in particular are just rubbished by the City.
 
The dispute was filed with the National Economic Development & Labour Council (NEDLAC) some time ago. It was never resolved. NEDLAC had issued a Section 77 Labour Relations Act (LRA) unresolved notice in this regard. In terms of the provisions of Section 77 of the LRA, the union is now legally entitled to strike.
 
As many as 30 000 clothing workers could descend on the City’s offices when the strike eventually commences.
 
We will use the period between now and when the strike actually  takes place to mobilise our members, and to engage our employer counter parts on measures to minimise the possible detrimental effects of the strike on our industry.
 
In line with the mandate of the SACTWU Western Cape PEC, the SACTWU General Secretary (Andre Kriel), will file the legally required notice of strike action with NEDLAC during the course of this coming week.
 
Issued by
 
Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary
 
If further comment is required, kindly contact SACTWU Media Officer, Nazmia Leite, on cell number 0721986061