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Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather workers in cities heed COSATU'S strike call PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 October 2016 12:50


SACTWU Media further update: immediate

Earlier today SACTWU released two statements on the extent of support for COSATU's strike action amongst clothing workers in peri-urban areas such as Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal and Phuthaditjhaba, Free State. In this statement we share the results of our survey on the strike participation in major urban areas like Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg (Cape Town results will only be available later):

Two thirds of workers in the SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union's branches in major urban areas have heeded COSATU's call to strike today, as at 11h45. The union's members are employed in textile mills, leather tanneries, clothing and footwear manufacturers, distribution warehouses and laundries.

These workers are making it clear that they demand decent work and improved public transport. They cannot feed and take care of their families with the low wages that they receive, especially if a large part of it is spent on public transport.

Their situation is in sharp contrast to that of Whitey Basson, the CEO of Shoprite, who took home R100 million in the past year. This is simply indecent in every way.

In SACTWU's Johannesburg Central branch, amongst the factories survey by the union, 67% of workers were on strike, while in the union's Durban South and Pretoria branches, just below 67% and 64% of workers were on strike respectively. We have just under 11 500 members in these three SACTWU Branches, combined.

SACTWU has conducted a snap survey about the effect of the strike on the clothing, textile, footwear and leather manufacturing sectors. The survey measured attendance at workplaces and information was supplied to SACTWU by factory production and/or human resource managers.

We will continue to update the survey.

Issued by

Andre Kriel


General Secretary

If further information is required, please contact SACTWU's Mr Simon Eppel on office number 021 4474570.