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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:04

Date: 5 August 2014
Media release: Immediate

We refer to our media statement issued yesterday which, for ease of reference, is reproduced below, and provide the following update:

SACTWU has today met with the clothing employer associations. The meeting was held at the head office of the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry, in Cape Town. The union’s full national negotiating team was present.

The meeting was extremely tense but ended constructively. It started early in the morning and ended late afternoon.

The employers had earlier in the day tabled a further improved wage offer. Regrettably, it did not constitute sufficient movement for the union to recommend settlement to our members.

The parties then explored further, and ended with a package construct which we would be prepared to recommend as settlement to our members, provided the employers give a firm undertaking to settle along those terms. Regrettably, we are not at this stage able to reveal the exact figures involved, due to the sensitivity and out of respect for the parties’ internal consultative processes and procedures.

Employers will now seek a clear  and final mandate from their constituency regarding this matter. We have granted them a one week period to resolve their internal final mandating processes. A strike for us a very last resort.

In the interim, we will continue with our practical preparations for a national strike ballot, in case the employer negotiators fail to secure the recommended settlement mandate. There will be no further wage negotiating meetings with clothing employers, after today’s meeting.

We have set our final report back meetings with our members for Thursday and Friday next week.

We will make a further announcement late afternoon next Friday.

Issued by
Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

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

DATE:                                    4 AUGUST 2014
MEDIA RELEASE:                IMMEDIATE

SACTWU ISSUES ULTIMATUM TO CLOTHING EMPLOYERS

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