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Illegal imports of World Cup merchandise hits workers
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May '10
A workers trade union has alleged that illegal imports of the World Cup related merchandise is jeopardizing the jobs of workers working in the domestic textile and apparel sector.

According to Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU), since November 2009, the Revenue Service has seized fake goods totaling to R88 million at airports and ports, across the country.

COSATU is of the opinion that, these illegal and fake imports, threaten the jobs of people working in textile and clothing factories across many towns and cities in the country like Durban and Cape Town.

COSATU and the football World Cup Organizing Committee in South Africa are working together to ensure that World Cup related merchandise was produced domestically.

The trade union has also appealed to the consumers to but World Cup related merchandise which has 'Made in South Africa' labels, in a bid to save jobs in the textile sector.

It says that nearly 14,400 jobs in the textile and garment sector had been lost in the previous year, and requested the consumers to support workers by buying locally produced goods.

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