A woman’s month present for clothing workers: SACTWU secures 2nd wage increase for the year

Approximately 70 000 clothing workers in South Africa, most who are members of the COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), will  receive a 4.2% average wage increase as from 1 September 2021.

This is the second wage increase for South African clothing workers this year.

The previous wage increase of an 3.7% average came into force and effect on 1 March this year.

These wage increases is a result of a variation collective agreement which was concluded late last year, between SACTWU and the following 3 employer associations: Apparel & Textile Association of South Africa (ATASA), South African Apparel Association (SAAA) and the Transvaal Clothing Manufacturers Association (TCMA).

The agreement was concluded under the auspices of the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry.

We hope that this additional wage increase which comes into effect tomorrow will bring welcome relief for clothing workers, who are predominantly women.

It is fitting that it comes at the conclusion of Women’s Month, under very difficult COVID-19 pandemic conditions.

Issued by

André Kriel



If further comments or information are required, please contact SACTWU 1st  National Organising Secretary and Clothing Sector Chief Negotiator, Bonita Loubser, on cell number 082 800 7142.