Sactwu Welcomes Judgements Print
Tuesday, 19 April 2005 13:05

Press statement: immediate

The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) welcomes the judgment recently issued against Mr Wayne Chu, the owner of Nova Clothing in Newcastle in KwaZulu Natal.

On Friday 15 April 2005, the Labour Court in Durban ruled that Mr Chu and his company were guilty of contempt of court as contemplated by Section 143 (4) of the Labour Relations Act. The ruling came after Mr Chu failed to honour an arbitration award that was issued against him earlier this year, for underpayment of workers in his company.

The Court ruled that Mr Chu be jailed for fifteen days, or pay a fine of R10 000, suspended for two years provided that Nova Clothing complies with the terms of the arbitration award within two weeks from the date of the court order. The court order was issued last Friday.

It is a disgrace that Nova Clothing workers are still underpaid, even though the legal starting wage of a machinist in Newcastle is already as low as R222 per week, with no other benefits.

SACTWU hopes that this judgement will send a strong warning to other clothing employers who continue to break the law by underpaying their workers.

 

Issued by

Andre Kriel

SACTWU

Deputy General Secretary