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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 10:58


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The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has agreed to attend a special national meeting of parties embroiled in the current footwear sector wage strike.

The meeting will be held tomorrow 12 June 2014 in Durban, after active intervention by the leather bargaining council to persuade the feuding parties to reconvene negotiations, in order to attempt to resolve this dispute. We welcome this pro-active approach from the leather bargaining council.  Employers will be represented by their employer association, SAFLIA (South African Footwear & Leather Industries’ Association).

Over 7000 workers employed in 163 footwear factories nationally, have been on strike for the last few days, in pursuit of their wage demands for 2014. SACTWU members formally joined the strike on Monday  after our union had concluded a national strike ballot last week, which gave us a 69% yes vote in favour of industrial action. Another trade union in the sector had embarked on strike action last week already, as their procedures don’t require balloting of their members.

The strike is protected (i.e. ‘legal’), in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act.

We will attend tomorrow’s meeting with an open mind.

A copy of our original press release on the matter is copied below.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

If further information is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s Footwear Sector National Co-ordinator, Nazir Armoed, on office number 031 3011351 or cell number  082 884 0830