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Monday, 19 March 2018 00:00

Press Release: Immediate

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) held a successful National Bargaining Conference this past weekend in Durban.  A total of 425 delegates representing over 100 000 SACTWU members nationally attended the Conference. The main purpose was to consolidate our union’s national wage demands for this year’s collective bargaining season. Our Bargaining Conference have completed this task successfully.

The Conference focused on the following core issues, placing a great emphasis on the 1% VAT increase and a ban on labour brokers.

•    that our collective bargaining demands will include a wide range of issues, mainly covering matters such as leave (annual and family responsibility), hours of work, the wage model for the industry, job grading, the closed shop, social benefits (health-care, retirement), HIV/Aids, union facilities (time-off, resources, rights at work, closed shops), job security (including the issue of wage guarantees),promotions, affirmative action and expansion of the bargaining unit to cover more categories of workers;

•    that we regard the 1% increase in VAT which was announced in the National Budget earlier this year as a serious attack on the living standards of our members, tens of thousands of whom live in decentralised areas of our country and who are the lowest earners in the manufacturing industry and mainly single mother women. We are of the view that the burden of budget shortfall should have been borne by the rich, not by the poor. In this regard, we will demand from capital in our industry (the bosses), over and above our normal wage demands, an extra 1% wage increase in order to the negate the regressive effects of the VAT increase on our members;

•    That we will demand that a ban on labour brokers in our industry be included in all our collective bargaining agreements. This is strengthen the advances already made in the Labour Relations Act but which we regards as insufficient to rid our society of this unacceptable slave labour practice.

We will now, as a next step, submit our 2018 wage demands to our employer parties.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary

For further comment please contact SACTWU’s Deputy General Secretary on 082 940 9456.