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SACTWU calls for subtantial wage increases in the Clothing Retail Sector PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 May 2015 00:00

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The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has called for a substantial increase in the monthly wages of clothing retail sector workers.

SACTWU submitted its proposals to the Employment Conditions Commission on Friday. This follows a government gazette notice recently published by the Minister of Labour, notifying the industry that the Sectoral Determination governing conditions of employment in the Wholesale & Retail Sector is being reviewed. The closure date for submissions was on Saturday.

In its detailed written submission, SACTWU proposes that the legislated minimum wage for shop assistants be increased by almost 40%, from the current R3 250 per month. We noted that this falls far below the average monthly minimum wage of R4 165  for a labourer in the manufacturing sector. This is despite the clothing retail sector being generally more profitable.

We are also appalled by the extremely large wage gap between retail workers and their CEO’s. For example, the CEO of Shoprite earned a salary package of R49.9m in 2014. This is absurd!

In its submission, SACTWU further calls for the introduction of a compulsory retirement fund for clothing retail workers.

In addition,  our union has made proposals for improvements in hours of work, overtime payments, night work payments, annual leave provisions, sick leave entitlements, family responsibility leave, meal and rest intervals.

The next public hearing by the Employment Conditions Commission will be on 5 May 2015 in Durban, where SACTWU intends to verbally motivate its proposals.

A copy of the SACTWU submission is attached.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

If further information is required, kind contact SACTWU’s Mr Etienne Vlok on office number 021 4474570 or cell number 0824480506