Textile workers down tools

2016-08-11 06:00
 Photo: supplied Workers for JMV Textile in Verulam protest outside the company premises demanding a 12% wage increase.

Photo: supplied Workers for JMV Textile in Verulam protest outside the company premises demanding a 12% wage increase.

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MORE than 100 workers downed tools and took to the streets of Verulam demanding a wage increase on Wednesday.

The workers from a textile company in Verulam are demanding a 12% increase.

The striking workers affiliated to the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) downed tools on 1 August and vowed to continue protesting until they come to an agreement.

Sindiswa Ngcobo (36) told the Weekly that workers will continue striking until their demands are met.

Among the other thing that the workers are complaining about is that employees who have worked for more than 15 years are being underpaid while new workers get more.

KZN regional secretary of SACTWU Themba Ngcobo said the union was in negotiations with the employer to reach a resolution.

“Bilateral talks between our union and the employer are underway. We are aware of the strike in Verulam and we would report back to our members as soon as we reach an agreement with the employer,” he said.

Police spokesman in Verulam Captain Mark Prakasim said the police were on standby.

“There are no arrests made yet the police are monitoring the situation while workers are striking,” he said.

The director of the company was in a meeting and not able to comment at time of going to press.

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