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Textile workers still on strike
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About 55,000 South African textile workers are on strike since September 15. The strike seems likely to continue as the workers have refused an offer from the textile factory owners since they felt that the offer is morally doubtful.

An 8 percent increase in the salary has been proposed by the association of textile sector employers. But the workers had already rejected this percentage for salary hike, in the month of August before staging the strike, and are yet to receive any new offers from them.

According to the proposed deal, the employees must accept salary deduction in case of absence from work, even if it is a legally justified absence.

The negotiations over salary hike were initiated in the month of April with a view to make it effective in September. But, as the management kept giving excuses of the global recession, the union became frustrated at the negotiations.

Among all the local manufacturing industries of the country, textile industry workers are the least paid ones, who receive an average salary of about €29.65 per week. Thousands of these workers are being paid even less than this.

The union has accepted to see the CCMA (Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration) in an attempt to keep the talks open between the union and the directors' group.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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