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Update June 5th: Status of Clothing, Textile & Leather Industry Wage Negotiations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:22


In a press statement released on 7 May 2012, we reported on the outcomes of the first rounds of  the 2012 wage negotiations in the clothing, textile and leather sectors. This press statement brief serves as a consolidated update on the status of negotiations after the second round of  wage negotiations in the mentioned sectors:

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has now concluded its second rounds of 2012 wage negotiations, in the various clothing, textile, leather  and related sectors, over the period  from 9 May to 30 May 2012. 

During the first rounds (which were conducted over the period 18 April to the first week of May 2012), employers had tabled wage offers ranging between 2.5% and 6%, but with no offer from clothing industry employers. 

During the recently concluded second rounds of negotiations, all employers (except some employer associations in the clothing industry) have improved their wage increase offers from the previous round. The revised and formally tabled wage increase offers now range between 4%  and 7.5%.

Regrettably, there is still no wage increase offer from clothing industry employers belonging to the Apparel Manufacturers Association (AMSA). However,  clothing employers who are members of the Coastal Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (CCMA) have now tabled a first wage increase offer equating to 3.7% of the non-metro area minimum wage of a qualified machinist.

 The third rounds of negotiations are scheduled to take place until the end of June, with some 3rd rounds having already commenced.

SACTWU is determined to fight for a decent wage increase for our members, this year.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary

If further comment is required, kindly contact SACTWU National Organising Secretaries Chris Gina (cell number 0829409456 or office phone 031 3011351) or Bonita Loubser (cell number 0828007142; or office phone 021 4474570)