Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / SACTWU resolves clothing industry national wage dispute
SACTWU resolves clothing industry national wage dispute
02
Sep '13
A major national strike of over 50 000 clothing workers has been averted at the last minute.

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) has settled its national wage dispute in the clothing industry, after a majority of employer associations with whom we negotiate have conceded to all of the union’s final demands.

The agreement was ratified and signed at a Special Council meeting of the clothing industry bargaining council. Five out of the six employer associations endorsed the agreement.

In terms of the clothing bargaining council’s constitutional provisions, the wage agreement is legitimately ratified if a simple majority of employer representatives and a similar simple majority of trade union representatives vote in favour of adoption of the agreement.

The required majority vote was achieved. The settlement gives labour cost certainty which will help to promote industrial stability in the industry.

The union called for this Special Council meeting held, with only two items on the agenda: (a) settlement of the national wage dispute or (b) union notice of national strike action should there be no settlement.

The settlement is achieved on the back of the union having strike-balloted over 40 000 clothing workers,  86% of whom who voted in favour of industrial action. 

In terms of the settlement, the following will apply:

1. Metro (i.e. urban) area clothing workers will receive a 7% total labour cost increase.

2. Non-metro area clothing workers will receive a 10.1% wage increase.

3. All wage increases will be backdated to 1st September 2013.

4. Those Clothing employers who have unilaterally implemented wage increases without our consent and those party employer associations who have not signed the agreement will be required to implement a further 1% wage increase, in addition to that set out in 1 and 2 above. This is to discourage unilateralism, which in our view is detrimental to orderly collective bargaining.

5. The parties will convene an Industry Summit by no later than the first quarter of next year, to examine the state of the industry and to discuss what further interventions would be required to strengthen its future sustainability.

Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU)

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 25th Mar 2017

GST to positively impact retail value chain: CBRE

The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in India...

Textiles | On 25th Mar 2017

MEGlobal to build first ever US MEG plant

Monoethylene glycol (MEG) producer MEGlobal plans to construct a new...

Courtesy: Ulster Carpet

Textiles | On 25th Mar 2017

Ulster Carpets acquires Griffith Textile Machines

Northern Ireland based manufacturer of carpets, Ulster Carpets said...

Interviews View All

Sonia Agarwal
Whitenife

‘The terms eco-friendly and organic are common but everyone perceives them ...

Anvita Mehra
Confidential Couture

‘It is going to take some time for Indian buyers to get accustomed to...

Rahuul Jashnani
Jashn

‘Online economy has changed the whole dynamics of buying habits.’

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Marcel Alberts
Eurofibers

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
March 2017

March 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search