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SACTWU finalises its 2016 workplace wage mandates PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 17:34


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The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has now concluded its 2016 workplace wage mandating processes.

Since mid-January this year to date,  SACTWU has completed the collection of wage mandates at all workplaces where we are unionised.

The process covered 1500 workplaces nationally,  6000 general meetings (an average of 4 per workplace), and approximately 85 000 SACTWU members participated.

These demands were collected directly from workers, in our industry, by SACTWU staff and our 2000 shop stewards, in all parts of South Africa.

We have collected approximately 15 000 separate substantive collective bargaining demands (an average of 10 per workplace), mainly covering wages as well as a range of other collective bargaining related demands, such as retirement benefits improvements, shift allowances, health care provisions, maternity rights, holiday pay and general worker rights issues.

This year, 2016, is a collective bargaining year for all SACTWU’s industrial major sectors. This follows on the expiry of our long term wage agreements (most of which was for 2 years),  at the end of June this year.

The collected workplace wage demands are now being consolidated into Regional sectoral demands, for SACTWU’s five constitutional Regions (KZN, W Cape, E Cape, Gauteng and our Head Office Project – which covers the Free state and surrounding areas-).

Our Regional sectoral wage demands will now be consolidated into national sectoral demands, at SACTWU’s 2016 National Bargaining Conference, which takes place 0n 17-21 March 2016.03.

Our National Bargaining Conference will be attended by 400 shop stewards from all parts of the country, and drawn from all industrial- and other sector workplaces where we are organised (mainly clothing, textiles and leather).

Our actual wage negotiations with employers are due to begin in mid-April this year. At its conclusion later this year,  our collective bargaining agreements are, combined, expected to cover just over 100 000 workers in our industry, nationally.

Issued by

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Andre Kriel
SACTWU
General Secretary

If further comments are required, kindly contact SACTWU’s Deputy General Secretary, Chris Gina on office number 031 3011351 or cell number 082 90 9456