Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00

Media release: immediate
The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has now finalised its strike ballot counting. As expected, we have received  a strong “YES vote” in support of a national wage strike in the clothing industry.
As at 10h00 today, we have counted  a total of 37 849 out of over 40 000 ballots cast. Of the total number of votes counted, 86%  (32 505 votes) support wage strike action in pursuit of the union’s demands.
As at 10h00 this morning, in our five Regions, the regional independently verified results are as follows:
Western Cape:                     9 129 votes counted, of which 86%  (or 7 878 votes) are in support of a strike;
KwaZulu-Natal:                  17 280 votes counted, of which 85%  (or 14 720 votes) are in support of a strike;
Eastern Cape:                      1 359 votes counted, of which 81%  (or 1 094 votes) are in support of a strike;
Gauteng:                                5 758 votes counted, of which 86%  (or 4 961 votes) are in support of a strike, and
Head Office Project:           4 323 votes counted, of which 89%  (or 3 852 votes) are in support of a strike;
National:                              37 849  votes counted, of which 86.95%  (or  32 505 votes) are in support of a strike.
There is still some few adjustments to be done, but we do not expect the trend to change at all.
We have, yesterday, given the clothing employers an ultimatum to settle with us by next Monday, or face national strike action of 50 000 clothing workers.
We will provide a further press release update on Friday morning, and none before then.
(We have opted not to call a press conference this morning. For background information on this matter, if required, please see various SACTWU press releases issued on this matter, 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)