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Congress | Declarations
Declaration on Tariffs
Adopted by COSATU Special Congress, 20 August 1999
This Special Congress of COSATU notes the huge job losses caused among others by tariff, which have been reduced faster than required by the GATT agreement concluded in 1994.
Congress notes the 80 000 workers who have lost their jobs in the clothing, textile and footwear sectors alone since the tariff reduction programme, of which 22 000 jobs were lost in 1998 alone.
We note with grave concern government`s plan to reduce clothing and textile tariffs on 1 September 1999.
We reject this reduction, and call on government to immediately freeze tariffs on the clothing and textile sector and other similarly affected and enter into discussions with COSATU`s affiliates in the sectors.