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COSATU: Statement by Tony Ehrenreich, Congress of South African Trade Unions spokesperson, on clothing workers (29/09/2009)

29th September 2009

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Cosatu condemns the attitude of W. Cape business-sector bosses.

Cosatu is outraged by the attitude of the boss of Business in the W Cape [Mr. Albert Schuitmaker] and his comments relating to the Clothing Sector strike. This strike is about workers defending their rights to sick leave as prescribed by the Labour Laws of South Africa. Cosatu supports that right and will defend the rights of all workers to have paid sick leave.

This is clearly an attempt by organized business in the W Cape to align themselves with the DA policies of undermining labour standards. Cosatu will, in the light of this attitude by bosses, consider action against all bosses in the W Cape in support of clothing workers. The Cape Chamber of Commerce never has any constructive contribution to make to the Industry plans for the Clothing sector, and instead announces its intent to support the principle of the removal of rights from workers generally.

The W Cape Cosatu will be the first province to consider secondary strike action against all bosses because of their support for this move to slave - labour standards in the clothing Industry.

We have now submitted a notice for secondary strike action in support of the Clothing workers in the W Cape. Cosatu will bring the economy of the W Cape to a standstill in support of the rights of Clothing workers and against these outdated labour practices.

Cosatu supports the just demand of clothing workers and their noble battle to defend the rights of all workers against this blatant attempt to undermine their rights.

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