Sactwu strike averted

Unions and employers in the clothing manufacturing industry have struck a deal.

Sactwu leaders at a clothing industry bargaining council gathering in Cape Town on 2 September 2013. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A national strike by some 50,000 workers in the clothing manufacturing industry has been averted, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) said on Monday.

This after the union struck a deal with employers.

Both sides reached an agreement at the industry bargaining council in Cape Town.

Sactwu's Andre Kriel says, "It gives the union everything that we've asked for. It gives us a seven percent wage increase for workers in urban areas and a 10.1 percent [increase] for workers in non-metro areas."

Apparel Manufacturers of South Africa's Ralph Roytowski has welcomed the deal.

"The thought of another strike in any industry is totally unacceptable, especially in our industry which is struggling."

Meanwhile, a strike by over 70,000 petrol attendants affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has been put on hold.

Workers were expected to down tools on Monday over a wage dispute.

But Numsa did not issue an official notice of intention to strike after employers expressed willingness to negotiate further.