Over 3,000 workers employed in 32 tanning factories nationally are set to benefit from this wage improvement in conditions of employment.
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This agreement follows a two year arrangement reached with the South African Tanning Employers Organisation (SATEO), last year.
“The new increases for this year will come into effect on 1 July 2014, and will be equal to a 7 per cent upwards adjustment on prescribed minimum wages for the sector,” SACTWU said.
“In addition, workers in the non-auto tanning section will receive an increase in their annual bonus, of an additional one day’s pay.”
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Sactwu general secretary Andre Kriel said the agreement with the employers would be negotiated next year if inflation fell outside certain limits.
“The agreement will benefit about 3,800 employees in 36 tanning companies nationally. If inflation falls outside certain limits next year the 2014 increase will be renegotiated,” noted Kriel.
The negotiations were conducted under the auspices of the National Bargaining Council for the Leather Manufacturing Industry.