Friday, September 25, 2009

SACTWU welcomes election of its member COSATU National Office

By Ofentse Mokae
25 September 2009

The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union has welcomes the election of the new COSATU National Office Bearers.

In a statement SACTWU says they are particularly humbled by the election of Freda Oosthuysen, a SACTWU member.

“Freda was elected unopposed as COSATU’s new National Treasurer at the federation’s just-concluded 10th National Congress,” the statement said.

SACTWU secretary-general Andre Kriel says Oosthuizen was first elected as the National Treasurer of SACTWU in 2006.

“That same year, she was also elected to be the Chairperson of the Clothing Industry Provident Fund, as well as the Chairperson of the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry – the second oldest and one of the biggest bargaining councils in the country,” Kriel said.

Oosthuizen is an Examiner at House of Monatic, a clothing company in Cape Town.

As an Examiner, Oosthuizen checks garments to ensure that their quality meets the high standards required by the industry.

Freda was involved with the merger process between GAWU and ACTWUSA to form SACTWU in 1989.

SACTWU was launched in September 1989 at the University of the Western Cape, exactly 20 years ago.

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