Union Completes Impressive HIV/AIDS Awareness Blitz Print
Friday, 20 May 2005 13:09

 

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The HIV/AIDS Project of the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has recently completed an impressive HIV/AIDS awareness blitz among fashion industry workers.

The final report of the outcome of this blitz was presented to the union’s National Co-ordinating Committee meeting held on 18 May 2005 in Cape Town.

The report showed that, over a 22 work day period from 1 April 2005 to 4 May 2005, the blitz reached 52 711 clothing, textile and leather workers in 242 factories country-wide, with a focused awareness HIV/AIDS message. In addition, we distributed 79 821 condoms in clothing, textile and leather factories, over the period of the blitz.

This year’s blitz was conducted by 6 staff members of the Project, assisted by 21 senior SACTWU shop stewards who have been trained over a long period as HIV/AIDS Master Trainers, and the theme was “There is no cure, but there is treatment”.

This awareness blitz is an important annual event on the union’s calendar. It constitutes the biggest HIV/AIDS special focussed campaign by a union in any industry, to get a clear and focussed HIV/AIDS awareness message to a large number of workers in a limited timeframe. The blitz was first introduced in 2003 and run annually there-after. In 2003, the blitz was conducted at 136 factories in a 22-working day period, covering 32 000 workers nationally. In 2004, we covered 243 companies with 54 058 workers, over a 29 working day period.

SACTWU is proud of this contribution it makes towards combating HIV/AIDS.