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Media Centre | COSATU Press Statements
30 July 1996
COSATU's Press Release on the Clothing and Textile Workers Strike.
The congress of South African Trade Unions commends SACTWU workers who despite the intransigence and arrogance of employers have held stead fast onto their strike. This is an indication of the determination by workers to end apartheid legacy on the shopfloor.
It is our view that the demand of workers are reasonable and are within the means of employers. It would appear that employers are being held hostage by their intransingent negotiators.
We have noted that mediation will resume again on Wednesday 1 August 1996 and hope that a settlement will be found.
Meantime COSATU have approached SACCAWU so that together we can decide which retailers to target for a consumer boycott beginning with Pep, Edgars and Pick 'n Pay.
SACCAWU workers are also planning a march on Edgars on Friday which should combine both demands of SACTWU and SACCAWU respectively.
We call on employers to change their stands. As for workers, our advice is a simple one: Do not allow employers to divide you. Whether or not they like the lock-out is immaterial. You were not locked-out! You balloted for a strike to improve your lot. Remain steadfast.
Issued by the General Secretary of COSATU SAM SHILOWA
Nowetu Mpati COSATU Head of Communications
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