Day of Action 1st March 2013 Print
Monday, 04 March 2013 00:00

On 1 March 2013 SACTWU had a day of action where 200 Bargaining Conference Delegates including shop stewards and staff marched to SARS (CBD, Capitec Bank and UCT)

1.    Delegates marched to SARS Customs Building in Cape Town CBD to raise our concerns about the influx of counterfeit and illegal imports into South Africa, which severely threatens the sustainability of  local clothing, textile and leather companies and significantly contributes to the devastating job losses our industry has suffered.  A memorandum was handed over to and signed by Regional Executive Customs Manager, Hilton Dyce.

Delegates marched to SARS

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  • Hilton Dyce signs SARS memorandum_resize.JPG
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2.    Delegates then marched from From Keizergracht street to Capitec Bank, on the corners of Darling and Parliament Streets, to express our disgust that the Chairman of Capitec Bank is linked to a campaign to reduce the legal minimum wages of clothing workers and which support sweatshop labour in the clothing sector. A memorandum was handed over to and signed by Charl Nel Head of Communications, Capitec

Delegates marched to Capitec Bank

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  • Capitec Bank...signs declaration_resize.JPG
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3.    Finally we then protested at the UCT Bremner Building to express our fury against the UCT-based Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) for supporting illegal clothing operators and promoting poverty wages for clothing workers in the domestic clothing industry.  The memorandum was handed over to and signed by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Thandabantu Nhlapo. SACTWU also challenged the professors responsible for the report to live off R278 for a week. This is a weekly wage of a Newcastle worker.

Delegates protest at  UCT
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  • UCT deputy vice-chancellor signs memorandum_resize.JPG

Copies of the memorandum are below.

SARS Memorandum

Capitec Memorandum

UCT Memorandum