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Final Update: Thousands of Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather workers nationally protest against labour brokers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 13:12

PRESS RELEASE: IMMEDIATE

Final report by the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) on support by clothing, textile, footwear and leather workers for today’s national COSATU protest action against labour brokers (this is an updated statement, following the earlier preliminary report)

Today South Africa’s workers again demonstrated their mass support for COSATU’s decent work programme of action, by protesting in huge numbers against the problem of labour brokering. Workers in the clothing, textile, footwear and leather industry nationally supported this action too. In most parts of the country the industry has come to a standstill.

This morning, SACTWU conducted a country-wide survey of the clothing, textile, footwear and leather industry, using information supplied by company employer representatives and/or shop stewards. The survey covered 562 factories employing 64,800 employees.

Information available as at 12:30pm today indicates that 62% of all clothing, textile, footwear and leather workers are participating in the protest action. Since 101,300 workers are employed in the industry nationally, this means that 62,800 workers from our industry countrywide were involved in today’s action.

SACTWU denounces labour brokering as a form of human trafficking. It feeds off workers, robbing them of a decent income, denying them job security and converting humans into simple commodities that can be discarded at will. Labour brokering is growing within some of the sectors in which SACTWU organises. This tendency must be stopped in its tracks. We have managed to have the practice prohibited in parts of the local textile manufacturing sector. We intend to achieve the same in all the other sectors in which we operate. Labour brokering does not contribute to the sustainable development of our industry since it adds to the de-skilling of workers with short-term, irregular and uncertain contracts with indecent employment practices.

Issued by Andre Kriel, General Secretary
Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU)

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