SOUTH AFRICA: 3,000 cotton sector workers begin strike
The strike began after salary negotiations for the sector failed to yield a settlement
Around 3,000 cotton sector employees have downed tools after the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) issued a strike notice earlier this week over wages.
The notice was issued on Monday (21 July) and the strike began at 06:00 yesterday after salary negotiations for the sector failed to yield a settlement.
The issue in dispute is the employers' final wage package increase offer of 7.75%. Members are demanding a 10% increase.
SACTWU says the strike is legal in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act.
Wage increases were due on 1 July.
SACTWU last week settled a wage dispute in the wool and mohair textiles sub-sector after agreeing to a wage increase of 8% for the first year and another 8% increase in the second year.
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