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Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:39


The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has today given the Apparel Manufacturers Association (AMSA) notice of our intention to embark on lunchtime protest action on 21 May 2012. This follows on AMSA Clothing having walked out of the first round of annual clothing industry wage negotiations on 18 April 2012. Sactwu has, at this stage, set a modest target of 30 000 clothing workers nationally to participate in the lunchtime protest action. Petitions to be delivered to employers on 21 May are currently being signed by clothing workers.  The petitions call on clothing employers to distance themselves from their AMSA negotiators’ disrespectful conduct and to commit to grant clothing workers a decent wage increase.

AMSA said they are ‘disengaging’ from the negotiating process at this stage. We say, since it is Super 12 season: touch, pause, engage.

A copy of the letter sent to AMSA earlier today is copied below:

Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary

If further comment is required, kindly contact SACTWU National Organising Secretaries, Chris Gina on 082 940 9456  or Bonita Loubser on 021 447 4570

“TO:                                   APPARAL MANUFACTURERS OF SOUTH AFRICA (AMSA)
FM:                                   SACTWU – HEAD OFFICE
DATE:                               15 MAY 2012

                                         MR JOHANN BAARD

Dear Johann


SACTWU is very concerned about the disrespect shown to the trade union, to the bargaining process and more importantly to tens of thousands of our clothing sector members, due to AMSA’s improper conduct at the first round of the 2012 annual wage negotiations, on Wednesday 18 April 2012.

We have reported the matter to our members, in particular AMSA’s decision to walk out of the negotiations as well as your organisation’s refusal to allow the trade union to table our members’ 2012 substantive proposals.

We advise that we intend to embark on lunch-time workplace protest action on 21 May 2012 to express our concern about AMSA’s unacceptable conduct. In particular, it is our intention to hand over a petition to workplace employers at plant level on 21 May 2012.

We further advise that we are considering delivering a petition to AMSA’s Cape Town base office, also on 21 May 2012, and will provide you further details in this regard by tomorrow.

The purpose of this letter is, as an act of good faith, to alert you and AMSA members to the trade union’s intentions. We request that workplace meetings be convened between our shop stewards and your member company employers, to make arrangements for the 21st  May 2012 lunch time protest action,  so that it can proceed in an orderly and controlled fashion.

We call on you to advise your members of our intentions, by forwarding a copy of this letter to them.

We further advise that it is our intention that the protest action and petition delivery will also take place at non-party companies and advise you of this, as a matter of courtesy (since these are not AMSA members).

This is a first response to your letter dated 25 April 2012. We advise that a further response thereto from us will follow by close of business tomorrow.


Chris Gina
1st National Organising Secretary”