Textile union strings together 7% wage deal for woven cotton workers

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Sactwu secretary general, André Kriel, said the union secured a deal in the woven cotton sector.
Sactwu secretary general, André Kriel, said the union secured a deal in the woven cotton sector.
Melinda Stuurman

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) has said it settled its wage negotiations in the woven cotton sector for a two-year deal, which includes a 7% increase.

The negotiations with the South African Cotton and Textile Processing Employers Association (Sactpea) under the auspice of the National Textile Bargaining Council (NTBC) concluded with a deal that will give workers in the woven textile sub-sector a 7% wage increase in year one and an increase of the equivalent Rand value in the following year.

The deal covers the period beginning in July 2022 and ending in June 2023. The final deal was signed on Wednesday after negotiations kicked off in April.

The union said it would make a submission to the Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi for an extension of the deal to non-party employers who are not part of Sactpea.

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Sactwu secretary-general Andre Kriel said the total package increase was worth more than 7% due to "additional substantive improvements in terms and conditions of employment".

"With effect from this year, the annual bonus payment will increase from three weeks' wages to three and a half weeks' wages for workers with between one year and three years of service, and four weeks' wages for those workers with more than three years' service," said Kriel.

Kriel said workers with less than one year's service would receive a pro rata annual bonus of up to two weeks' wages. The annual bonus will be compulsory and payable before the end of December.

Kriel added that the union and employers agreed to make arrangements to allow employees to be vaccinated for Covid-19 on a voluntary basis.

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