(5) Norman Daniels to Industrial Registrar, 15 December 1980, D7.2.2, SACTWU papers, Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand.
SACTWU papers; the ten subsequent retrenchment affidavits are in G45.12.12.
2459, 24 August 1983, Frame Disputes, G45.12.11, SACTWU papers.
"That's been the challenge, that people would prefer to move places where workers are earning very little," said Fachmy Abrahams, representative of SACTWU
(22) In 1989, following lengthy, acrimonious talks, these two large organizations agreed to merge into a single national body: the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU); at the time, it claimed nearly 200,000 members (about 80% of workers in the sector) and constituted the third largest member of the anti-apartheid Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
(40) "The bosses actually started the Spring Queen," SACTWU member Rachel Visser recalled; "and the reason they started the Spring Queen was to give these women something to shut up, something to be quiet about." (41) In pursuit of this goal, the union had the reliable support of employers eager to avoid a reprise of the tumultuous events of 1979-80.
The founding of the large and progressive Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) in September 1989 consolidated the sector's previously splintered labor movement.
"The company has lost a huge amount of orders over the past few years from the EU and other countries, so they have decided to shut down their factories in Cape Town and Atlantis," SACTWU researcher Etienne Vlok (NOTE--SPELLING IS CORRECT) told just-style.
Due to the global economic downturn, the strong Rand and cheaper imports, at least 65 of the country's estimated 1,500 clothing and textile factories have been forced to close their doors in 2009, said SACTWU.
"The deal will provide a temporary respite for the local industry to allow it to complete its restructuring and refocus its product range and industrial process to new market opportunities," Ebrahim Patel, general secretary of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) told just-style.com.
Chinese clothing imports to South Africa increased 480% in dollar terms between 2003 and 2005, contributing to the loss of 62,000 South African jobs, according to SACTWU. "The deal will mainly help with reclaiming a part of the South African domestic market.