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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 13:58

PRESS RELEASE: FINAL UPDATE

Metrorail management must urgently resolve Cape Town train strike!


COSATU’s largest trade union in the Western Cape, the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has taken note of the unexpected train strike in Cape Town today. We are very concerned about the effect that this strike will have on the clothing, textile and leather industry. We have been briefed this morning by our sister COSATU union, the South African Transport & Allied workers’ Union (SATAWU) regarding the matter and have been advised that the dispute involves a unilateral attempt by Metrorail management to impose a new train shift roster on Metrorail  workers.  We call on Metrorail management to urgently meet with SATAWU to find an urgent resolution of this matter.

In our press release of earlier this morning, we stated that we were conducting a snap survey about the effect of the strike on our industry and might issue a further statement later today.

We confirm that we have now completed the snap survey and the outcomes are as follows:
-the survey was telephonically conducted by SACTWU Head Office staff;
-the survey information was supplied by factory production managers;
-the survey measures attendance at work as at 10h30 today;
-a total of 57 clothing factories in Cape Town metro area were surveyed;
-the surveyed factories employ 13 104 workers, of which 1710  (13%) were either late or absent;
-the normal average absentee rate at the  factories covered in our survey is about 5%.

The percentage late or absentee breakdown by industrial area was as follows:
Cape Town CBD:  26%
Elsies River :         10%
Epping:                   15%
Maitland:                 24%
Observatory:           26%
Salt River:                 9%
Woodstock:            22%
 
SACTWU does not support unilateral changes to terms and conditions of employment and we urge Metrorail management to settle their dispute with our sister union SATAWU as soon as possible. 

Issued by
Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

If further comment is required, kindly contact Fachmy Abrahams, Co-ordinator in the Office of the General Secretary on 021 4474570.