3000 SA textile workers embark on strike
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – ABOUT 3000 South African workers in the clothing and textile industry have embarked on a strike demanding a 10% salary increase.
Though the organisers could not reveal exact the current wages their members earn per month, sources told CAJ News that the workers were earning between R4,500 to R7,000 per month, meaning their 10% salary increase would push to monthly R4,950.
Secretary General for Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), Andre Kriel, said a notice of strike to the cotton sector employers was issued on Monday leading to the action on Thursday (today).
“The issue in dispute is the employers’ final wage package increase offer of 7.75%. Our members are demanding a 10% wage increase. The strike is protected (legal) in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act.
“Wage increases were due on 1 July. Approximately 3000 cotton sector textile workers are currently on strike nationally,” Kriel said.
– CAJ News
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