Justify stand on basic pay, Cosatu tells textile employers

2013-01-30 00:00

COSATU in KwaZulu-Natal has criticised an employer body that warned of numerous job losses should minimum wages be enforced.

The labour federation yesterday said the United Clothing and Textile Association (Ucta) was seeking public sympathy so that unions could not demand wage increases in a few months’ time.

Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipo addressed a press conference yesterday after Ucta warned more than 16 700 factory workers could lose their jobs when 450 clothing shops were closed down by the National Bargaining Council for failing to comply with minimum wage laws.

Luzipo said Cosatu still expected its unions to push for increased wages regardless of job loss threats. “Let them [employers] present facts that will be justifiable. They must take them to the table for negotiations,” Luzipo added.

He also said the employer body knew the procedure to be followed when factories wanted to be exempted from complying with minimum wage laws. “They know there is disclosure of information which determines whether there has to be exemption or not,” Luzipo said.

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