SACTWU’s cotton sector members down tools


Approximately 3,000 cotton sector textile workers are currently on a national strike.

The COSATU affiliated union issued the strike notice last Monday with industrial the industrial action being expected to commence Wednesday morning.

“The issue in dispute is the employers’ final wage package increase offer of 7.75 per cent. Our members are demanding a 10 per cent wage increase,” said SACTWU.


The union claims the strike is legally protected in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act.

Wage increases were due on 1 July 2014.

The strike comes barely a month after the settlement was reached between another SACTWU and Wool and Mohair Brokers Organisation of South Africa reached a settlement to avoid a strike.

The agreement was reached under the auspices of the National Textile Bargaining Council, between SACTWU and Wool and Mohair Brokers Organisation of South Africa.

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The settlement package entailed a wage increase of eight per cent for the first year and another eight per cent wage increase in the second year.

It was further agreed that an additional 0.5 per cent wage increase will come into effect, during the second year, should the April 2015 CPI exceed eight per cent.