The textile industry wage increases which the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has negotiated this year, are now national law in South Africa.
This is so because the Minister of Employment & Labour, Thulas Nxesi, has gazetted it and extended it to all non-party companies in our country.
This process was finalised in a government gazette, which was published on 24th August 2021.
In simple terms, it means that our trade union’s wage increases for the various textile sub-sectors which fall within the registered scope of the National Textile Bargaining Council (NTBC), are now binding on all employers and workers operating in these sectors.
It is applicable nationally, for all parts of South Africa.
The textile sub-sectors covered includes workers who manufacture home textiles (such as curtains and bedding), blankets, yarns for the manufacture of fabrics, labels and elastics which go into clothing, fabrics, and industrial textiles for roadworks, etc..
SACTWU welcomes this gazettal development as a major step forward for the protection of our 2021 collective bargaining outcomes, and hence of our members’ Living Wage goals and aspiration.
We will now conduct a detailed audit to ensure that every textile company which is covered by these wage increases, actually implement them to the fullest.
If further information or comment is required, kindly contact SACTWU’s National Collective Bargaining Officer, Fachmy Abrahams, on cell number 081 462 5841.