SOUTH AFRICA: Footwear workers settle wage dispute
The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) has agreed to an 8% wage increase for footwear workers, putting an end to a two-week strike.
The settlement comes after footwear employers tabled an improved wage offer last week, following a meeting held with them the previous week.
In addition to the wage increase, the settlement package includes an improved annual bonus. Around 7,000 workers employed across 163 footwear factories nationally are expected to benefit from the agreement.
"On Friday, 19 June 2014, the offer was accepted by members," SACTWU said. "All indicators are that all our members have heeded our call and returned to work by 23 July, showing an effective end to the strike."
The increase will be effective from 1 July.
Wage negotiations were also recently agreed in South Africa's leather tanning sector for the next year.
Also coming into effect on 1 July, SACTWU agreed on a 7% rise in minimum wages for the sector. In addition, workers in the non-auto tanning section will receive an increase in their annual bonus of an extra day's pay.
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