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SACTWU settles Cape Union Mart wage negotiations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:38

Press Release: Immediate

The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) has settled its 2012 round of wage negotiations for Cape Union Mart (CUM) stores. Negotiations commenced in late February this year, and was settled on 12 March, after two rounds of substantive negotiations. Cape Union Mart SACTWU members will receive a 7.33%  wage increase. The across the board wage increase is R425 per month.  SACTWU members at CUM will have the right to join the clothing industry health care fund for those workers who are not covered by the company medical aid. The agreement requires the employer to pay 50% of the monthly health care contribution rate on behalf of union members who join the healthcare fund. In addition, in the first of its kind for the industry, the Family Responsibility Leave Provision will be varied to allow for 2 out of the 5  available days to be used as paid religious leave, should a worker so choose.

The agreement is for a 12 month duration, effective from 1 April 2012 to the end of March next year and is nationally applicable. Cape Union Mart workers resigned from the FEDUSA-affiliated National Union of Leather & Allied Workers (NULAW) last year, to join COSATU-affiliated SACTWU.

This agreement is the first settlement for SACTWU’s 2012 round of wage bargaining. Wage negotiations in the union’s clothing, textile and leather sectors are due to commence from next month.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary

If further information is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s National Distribution Sector Co-ordinator, Ms Sheila van Rensburg on 021 4474570 or cell number 0827112563.