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Newsletter No. 29                                                                                                          03 August  2018

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SACTWU settled its 2018 wage negotiations for the Woven and Crochet Textile sub-sector

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has settled its 2018 wage negotiations for the Woven and Crochet Textile sub-sector.

Our members in this sub-sector, of the textile industry, will receive an 8% wage increase, plus improvements in family responsibility leave provisions. In addition, the short time notice and consultation period has been extended from 2 hours’ to 48 hours’ notice. This will make it more difficult for employers to “willy-nilly’’ place workers on short-time.  Approximately 2000 workers from 35 factories, nationally, will benefit from this increase.

Wage negotiations were concluded under the auspices of the National Textile Bargaining Council, with our employer counterparts represented, by the Narrow Fabric Manufacturers’ Association.

Increases will be back dated to 1st July 2018 for all those SACTWU members who have not yet received their increases. The agreement applies nationally.

SACTWU is an affiliate of COSATU.

Issued By Andre Kriel SACTWU General Secretary

If further comment is required kindly contact SACTWU’s National Woven and Crochet Sector National Negotiator Angela Booysen on 082 343 1888

Wage hike for South African home textiles workers

Workers in South Africa’s home textiles sector will receive an average wage increase of 10 per cent beginning this month, as an agreement has been reached between the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) representing workers and the employers represented by the South African Home Textiles Manufacturers Employers’ Organisation.

As per the agreement reached under the auspices of the National Textile Bargaining Council (NTBC), the actual increase for workers will vary between 7.25 per cent and 21 per cent.

A 13.5 per cent productivity bonus will also be added to the basic wage. The increases will be backdated from July 1, 2018, SACTWU said in a statement.

Approximately 6,600 workers from 127 factories spread across South Africa will benefit from the wage increase F2F

Brands should help combat smuggling in clothing and textile manufacturing sector

Although smuggling Illegal clothing and goods are not as high profile as trafficking rhino horn or narcotics, it still comes with a hefty price tag. In just 72 days between 1 January and 14 March this year, Customs made 320 busts of goods worth over R206m. The Sars Tactical Intervention Unit made a further 23 busts worth R23m.

Those are just the consignments that are discovered. There are many more that enter the country undetected, or get in under circumstances such as under-invoicing, false declaration of goods or through third-party countries that have lower duty tariff access to South Africa.

Ongoing struggle

Clothing and textiles that make their way into the market using any of these methods unsurprisingly have a massive impact on local clothing and textile manufacturers and resellers because the illegal imports are typically sold at a lower price and undercut the earning power of the local industry.

“There is a huge market in illegal cheap clothing being smuggled into South Africa, which has catastrophic implications for the industry as a whole through the loss of import duty taxes, as well as the livelihoods of the people who work in the sector,” says Mike Salomon, Barron commercial director. “The scary part is that the flow of these goods continues to grow every year, making it an ongoing struggle.”

Although several interventions have been implemented over the years – such as the price-reference system introduced by the government, business and labour in 2009 to enable customs officials to more easily identify fraudulent invoices on clothing imports – these solutions have largely failed to stem the flood in this illicit trade.

Combatting illegal imports

However, because the clothing and textile manufacturing sector plays such a critical role in South Africa’s economy, it is essential that industry players in both the public and private sectors carry on finding and implementing solutions to address the challenge.

“That being said, it makes it seem like a high-level problem beyond the control of the average man on the street or business, especially if it is small or medium-sized,” says Salomon. “But brands can play an important role in helping to turn the tide on the problem, especially as we live in an age that places considerable focus on being responsible corporate citizens.”

Increasingly, the value that people associate with a company’s products or services is determined by their own personal values, how they see brands living up to those values and whether they are behaving ethically. This has widespread implications for brands regardless of the industry they operate in, which makes it essential that they ensure they support companies and suppliers that can prove they prioritise ethics and responsibility.

In the promotional branding sector, this broadly means selecting a business that is able to showcase its commitment to local manufacturing and strengthening the country’s clothing and textile sector.

Bloodline Inkwear launches to the public at S43 on August 17th

By Steven J Brown

Save the date on Friday, August 17th, for a night of art and entertainment at S43 (Home of That Brewing Company) on Station Drive in Morningside from 19h00 as the tattoo community celebrate the official launch of the tattoo inspired clothing brand, Bloodline Inkwear’s online store.

Born from the fact that great tattoo art is most often covered up by clothing, Bloodline Inkwear embodies art that can now be worn proudly and for all to see, with the same artistic approach as inked skin, “with Bloodline Inkwear, you are now quite literally able to wear your art on your sleeve,” says Malcolm “Mully” Hilton.

The brand was established by well known, award-winning Durban tattoo artist, Mully Hilton. Having been in the industry for more than 2 decades, Mully is now launching this original concept clothing line via an online store where fans are now able to purchase their very own inkwear.

Fans, friends and the general public, are all invited to attend the event and entry is free. There will be loads of bloodline clothing and head wear up for grabs on the night, as well as live entertainment provided by DJ Kevin Louw and South African rock ‘n roll band, Perez.

There is also a chance to win free tattoos by Mully himself, so visit the Bloodline Inkwear Facebook page to enter.

Did you know……..

Facts about the 1920’s Fashion for Women

Chemise / Camisole: The chemise was a loose-fitting undergarment, that came to be known as a camisole, which replaced the tight fitting, constrictive corsets of the Victorian era.

Scarves: Scarves were another ‘must have’ fashion accessory in bold, striking Art Deco designs. The scarf was rolled and tied around the head just above the browline and knotted at the side or the back of the head.

Egyptian Styles: The discovery of the fabulous tomb of Tutankhamen and the movies such as Cleopatra starring Hollywood actress Theda Bara led to the Egyptian style that influenced fashion and make-up

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