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Friday, 25 April 2014 12:01


The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has commenced its annual wage negotiations in the clothing, textiles and leather sectors. First round negotiations commenced in mid-April this year, for 9 out of 13  national centralised sector wage bargains in which the union participates. For 4 sectors, negotiations will kick off between next week and mid-May, depending on when wage increases are due.

Following our National Collective Bargaining Conference held in early March this year, SACTWU had submitted a range of substantive demands to employers in our industry, including wage increases, improvements in retirement funding, better trade union organisational rights, employer contributions towards the union’s HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment campaign, additional holiday pay, and other related proposals.

Employer responses to date, for those sectors in which negotiations have already commenced, ranged between a wage freeze and a 5.5% wage increase.

In the clothing sector, the union has declared a national wage dispute after employers failed to table a response to the union’s wage demands. The union has referred the dispute to the clothing industry bargaining council. We now await a date for the conciliation processes to commence, as is required by the industry’s dispute resolution procedures.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary
If further comment or information is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s Deputy General Secretary Chris Gina, on cell number 082 940 9456, our 1st National Organising Secretary Lawrence Xola on cell number 082 900 0944, or our 2nd National Organising Secretary Christopher Soetsane on cell number 083 843 2965