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Monday, 04 August 2014 11:20

DATE: 4 AUGUST 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: IMMEDIATE

 Settle or face national wage strike action by 80 000 clothing workers.

 

This is the ultimatum which the COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has today  issued to clothing employers.

 

The union had submitted its 2014 wage demands very early this year, on 20th  March. The first round of wage negotiations was held on 15-16 April. Since then, there has been three  further normal rounds of negotiations of two days each, plus three separate conciliation meetings and numerous bi-lateral discussions.

 

We cannot negotiate forever. Wage increases are due on 1st September this year, in less than 3 weeks from now.

 

The employers’ current final offer is a total labour cost increase of 7% and the union demands a 9% increase. We regard our final demand as reasonable and as affordable.

 

SACTWU has now called for a final meeting with clothing employers, which will be held in Cape Town tomorrow, in a last-gasp attempt to secure a resolution of this wage dispute.

 

Should discussions fail tomorrow, SACTWU intends to conduct a national strike ballot in the industry.  A strike for us still remains a last resort. However, should the union be forced to trigger its strike balloting processes, there will regrettably be no turning back.

 

We are of the view that we have granted employers enough time and a fair opportunity to find a constructive settlement with us. It appears increasingly that industrial action might have to be invoked, in order to break the deadlock.

 

Even at this late stage though, we sincerely hope that a settlement is possible.

 

Issued by

 

Andre Kriel

SACTWU

General Secretary

 

If further information or comment is required, kindly contact SACTWU Deputy General Secretary Chris Gina on 031 3011351 or cell number 082 940 9456