Monday, July 28, 2014

Clothing and Textile Workers threaten strike action

Natalie Malgas
28 July 2014

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union has issued a strike notice to cotton sector employers. This follows last week’s failed wage negotiations in the sector.

Members are demanding a 10% wage increase.  Over 3 000 cotton sector textile workers are currently on strike nationally.

Cotton National Sector’s Christopher Soetsane said wage negotiations commenced in April this year but after three rounds of talks, they had not reached an agreement.

“The Constitution of National Textile Bargaining Council dictates that negotiations must take place within three rounds of discussion and a conclusion must be reached by then. Regrettably, we could not reach an agreement within the stipulated time,” Soetsane added.

Following the three rounds of meetings held with the Union and employers, a further meeting was convened on July, 10 2014 but an agreement was still not reached.

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