SOUTH AFRICA: Union unhappy at World Cup kit imports
A clothing workers union in South Africa is demanding that more national football strips for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup are produced domestically, just-style has learnt.
The Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) was told that the South African Football Association (SAFA) is importing 40% of replica kits, despite high levels of unemployment in the host country.
SACTWU wants to see 90% of the merchandise, which also includes official T-shirts, made in South African garment factories, and says there is an opportunity to create 3,000 to 5,000 jobs.
Etienne Vok, a spokesperson for the union, told just-style: "The World Cup is a great chance to show off the country, and it has the added advantage that we can create some crucial employment.
"For that reason we have appealed to the South African Football Association to ensure this opportunity is used and create as many jobs as possible."
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