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SACTWU edges closer to settlement of clothing sector wage dispute PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 August 2013 00:00


The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) is edging closer to a settlement of its national wage dispute in the clothing sector. This is after the union issued an ultimatum to employers last week, following the successful conclusion of its voluntary strike ballot of over 40 000 clothing workers, 86% of whom voted in favour of protected strike action. The ultimatum required clothing employers to settle the wage dispute on the union’s terms by today, or face national strike action by 50 000 clothing workers. As at lunchtime today, 4 out of the 6 employer associations with whom we negotiate at clothing bargaining council level, have provided the union with firm commitments to settle on our terms. The remaining two employer associations have today requested more time to seek a revised mandate.
The 4 employer associations which have irrevocably committed to settle are as follows:
•         The Eastern Province Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (EPCMA);
•         The Free State and Northern Cape Clothing Manufacturer’s Association (FSNCCMA);
•         The Transvaal Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (TCMA) and
•         The Coastal Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (CCMA).
Regarding the two remaining employer associations, the South African Clothing Manufacturers’ Association (SACMA) and the Cape Clothing Association (CCA) has requested more time to seek a fresh mandate. We have agreed to grant the them a final non-variable extension, until Friday this week. We do so, because a strike for us is a last resort. However, we have made it clear that we will not hesitate to execute our mandate of strike action, should the they not agree to our final demands.
SACTWU has now called for a Special Executive Committee meeting of the clothing industry bargaining council, for next Monday. We intend to only have one item on the agenda: clothing employers to endorse a national wage settlement on our terms, or we formally table 48 hours’ notice of strike action, as is required by the provisions of the Labour Relations Act.
Issued by
Andre Kriel
General Secretary
If further comment is required, kindly contact the SACTWU Deputy General Secretary, Chris Gina, on office number 031 3011 351 or cell number 082 940 9456