SACTWU PROTEST ACTION OVER JOB LOSES

Issued by: Congress of South African Trade Unions

13 February 1996

SACTWU PROTEST ACTION OVER JOB LOSES - 14 FEBRUARY 1996

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a process of mobilisation against job loses in this country. COSATU supports the decision of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union to take action to save thousands of jobs that are being lost in the clothing and textile industry.

The protest is directed at securing government support to save jobs threatened by trade liberalisation related policies. Over the last five months, 12 thousand jobs were lost in the industry. The union studies show that about 100 000 jobs would be lost over the next six years.

The action tomorrow will highlight the failure to date to support training and social adjustment programmes for workers prior to the trade liberalisation programme being put in place.

COSATU call on the government to:

South Africa cannot afford policies which destroys our manufacturing capacity, which promotes joblessness and substantial human misery. COSATU calls on the public and consumers to back the SACTWU call for action. We further call on workers and the public to save jobs and help to create jobs in South Africa by purchasing local made clothing.