SACTWU Offices in Newcastle Burnt Down Print
Monday, 21 November 2011 00:00

PRESS RELEASE:

The offices of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) in Newcastle were gutted by fire last week on Monday 14 November 2011. The destruction of our premises comes in the wake of moves by the union to highlight atrocious labour and human rights’ abuses occurring in clothing factories in this KwaZulu-Natal town. It also follows efforts by SACTWU, the clothing bargaining council, the Department of Labour and the Department of Home Affairs to ensure that Newcastle clothing companies comply with South African labour laws and industry agreements.

We have previously indicated our knowledge of threats against the safety of some of our officials in reprisal for raids conducted at some Newcastle clothing companies in late September 2011. We therefore urge the Newcastle authorities to investigate the possibility of arson. We also categorically state that SACTWU shall not be deterred from our fight for decent work for clothing workers in Newcastle.
 
Issued by Andre Kriel, SACTWU General Secretary.

For more information, contact SACTWU’s National Organising Secretary, Chris Gina on 031 3011351 or 082 9409456.