SACTWU clothing industry wage strike ballot daily update: preliminary results show strong support for strike action Print
Friday, 16 August 2013 14:40

Media release: immediate

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) expects a strong “YES vote” in support of a national wage strike in the clothing industry.

As at lunchtime today, we have counted  a total of 25 036 out of 40 588 ballots cast. Of the total number of votes counted, 87%  (21 769 votes) support wage strike action in pursuit of the union’s demands.

As at lunchtime today, in our five Regions, the regional results are as follows:

Western Cape:                        9 101 votes counted, of which 86.25%  (or 7850 votes) are in support of a strike;
KwaZulu-Natal:                        7 069 votes counted, of which 88.97%  (or 6 289 votes) are in support of a strike;
Eastern Cape:                         1 357 votes counted, of which 80.62%  (or 1 094 votes) are in support of a strike;
Gauteng:                                   3 196 votes counted, of which 84.11%  (or 2 688 votes) are in support of a strike, and
Head Office Project:                4 313 votes counted, of which 89.43%  (or 3 848 votes) are in support of a strike;
Total:                                         25 036 votes counted, of which 86.95%  (or  21 769 votes) are in support of a strike.

We will use Monday and Tuesday next week to mop up balloting at a few outstanding companies and make a formal announcement of the final outcomes and our way forward, at a press Conference to be called next Wednesday morning. Details of the press conference will be announced in due course.

Our next update will be at next week’s press conference and no further statements will be released until then.

(For background information on this matter, if required, please see previous two SACTWU press releases issued last week, the released day before yesterday and the released yesterday, on SACTWU website For some images of our ballot counting, please see our tweets on twitter handle @sactwu

Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary

If any further information is required, kindly contact National Organising Secretaries Chris Gina (0829409456) or Bonita Loubser on (0828007142)