Footwear union workers strike

By SAPA Time of article published Jun 3, 2014

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Workers in the footwear industry went on a protected national strike Monday, their trade union said.

“The strike will affect about 164 footwear employers throughout South Africa and approximately 10 000 employees in the bargaining unit in centres like Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, George and Oudtshoorn,” said National Union of Leather and Allied Workers general secretary Ashley Benjamin.

The union wanted a minimum pay rise of 7.75 percent across the board. It wanted employers to set up a fund to help retrain workers should their work be replaced by new technology and machinery.

It wanted employers to fast-track setting up a reference pricing system for the footwear industry, under the auspices of the SA Revenue Service.

This would help customs deal with underinvoicing, and stop counterfeit and illegal imports.

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