Leather workers go on strike

2018-07-18 06:00

WORKERS in the leather sector in Pietermaritzburg have vowed to not return to work until their demands of a suitable wage increase is met.

About 300 workers demonstrated on Victoria Road on Tuesday, as part of a nationwide strike by the National Union of Leather and Allied Workers (Nulaw) and the South African Textile Workers’ Union (Satwu).

They had temporarily blocked traffic at the corner of Retief Street and Victoria Road.

Workers were offered a 6,25% increase to their current salaries, but are holding out for one closer to 9,5%.

Ashley Benjamin, general secretary of Nulaw, said unions were awaiting a response from the South African Footwear and Leather Industries Association (Saflia), and will take it forward from there.

Saflia declined to comment on the matter.

— The Witness


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