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Significant slowdown in African CTFL industry
Nov '11
The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) held its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting from 10 to 12 November 2011 in Cape Town.

During the NEC discussion on the union's Save Jobs Campaign, a report on the state of the clothing, textile, footwear and leather (CTFL) industry was tabled.

This report showed a significant slowdown in retrenchments in the industry. According to the report and based on information from the union's job loss database, the industry experienced a drop of more than 50% in jobs lost in the first nine months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. Compared to 2009, the picture is even rosier with 64% fewer jobs lost.

This slowdown is mainly attributed to the assistance for the CTFL industry by government in the form of support measures to increase factories' competitiveness and a programme to deal with customs fraud. SACTWU's efforts to increase demand for local goods and to ensure the full implementation of the industry development strategy through its Save Jobs Campaign were also highlighted as a significant contributor.

Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU)

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