Two clothing employers arrested for pointing fire-arms at workers Print
Friday, 05 October 2012 12:26


PRESS RELEASE: IMMEDIATE


Two clothing  employers were arrested yesterday, after threatening striking clothing workers by pointing rifles at them, most of whom are women workers. The incident happened in QwaQwa in the Free State. SACTWU’s local organiser in the area, Christopher Soetsane, immediately reported the matter to the police. In this instance, the police responded very quickly and took firm action. We compliment them for that.

The workers are all members of the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU). They are on a protected (legal strike), demanding a living wage.  The strike started yesterday. Many of them earn as little as R200 per week in reality, when the current legally prescribed wage is already as low as R534 per week.

SACTWU condemns this hooligan employer behaviour and will ensure that our members’ rights are properly protected.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

If further comment is required, kindly contact SACTWU QwaQwa Branch Organiser, Christopher Soetsane, on 0766792180