A Foerign shop owner with hired security keeps a watchfull eye at the entrance of his shop which was closed for business due to possible threats of Xenaphobic attacks and looting in Jeppe street, JHB CBD. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 15/04/2015
A Foerign shop owner with hired security keeps a watchfull eye at the entrance of his shop which was closed for business due to possible threats of Xenaphobic attacks and looting in Jeppe street, JHB CBD. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 15/04/2015

‘Join hands against xenophobia’

By Shanti Aboobaker Time of article published Apr 17, 2015

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Johannesburg - The South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) met with its industry’s bargaining council on Thursday – and in an unusual development a special item was put on its agenda: the current spate of attacks on immigrants to our country.

The members of its bargaining council, which is called the Clothing Industry Bargaining Council - include employer organisations of the Apparel Manufacturers of South Africa (AMSA).

They resolved:

* That attacks on foreign immigrants to South Africa are a crime against humanity and a brutal attack on fundamental human rights. “As an industry, we cannot sit in a Bargaining Council meeting and just ignore these sad developments which are now unfolding,” said Sicelo Nduna, the general secretary of the council.

* The clothing and textiles industry represents tens of thousands of clothing workers in 1 000 factories throughout the country. “We call on all workers and all employers in our industry to clearly denounce this horrific development,” Nduna said.

Sactwu also called on all South Africans to join hands in fighting xenophobia.

Labour Bureau

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