Cotton textile mediation yields a recommended settlement Print
Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:15

Date: 14 August 2014
Media release: immediate

About 3000 Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) members in the cotton textile sector have been on a national wage strike for the last three weeks.  The union is demanding an 8.75%  wage increase  and a further 2.5% on peripheral rights issues, of which the most important is the formation of a specific bargaining chamber for industrial textiles workers. Currently, industrial textiles workers are covered by the cotton sector negotiations, even though it is a much more profitable sector.

At the time that the union’s strike ballot commenced in mid-June, employers had tabled a final wage increase offer of 7%.

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has last week offered a Labour Relations Act Section 150 intervention. In terms of this LRA provision, the CCMA can at any stage offer to mediate in an industrial dispute which may have come to its attention. It is then voluntary for the disputing union and employer parties either to accept or to reject such a CCMA offer to intervene.

In this instance, SACTWU and SACTPEA (South African Cotton Textile Processing Employers’ Association) had accepted the CCMA’s Section 150 intervention offer. A CCMA mediation meeting was accordingly convened yesterday. It was a marathon session which finished at 02h35 this morning.

We announce that the outcome was a recommended settlement of the strike. The union will now consult our members to secure a final mandate whether or not to accept the recommended settlement position. We expect that this process will be finalised by Monday next week, where after we intend to announce the specific details involved.

Wage increases for this sector were due on 1 July 2014.

Issued by

Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

If further information is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s National Coordinator for the Cotton Textile sector, Christopher Soetsane, on cell number 0828824693.