handshake thumb medium90 90BusinessLive reports that the clothing and textile sector’s 80,000 workers have been guaranteed full pay for six weeks during and after the Covid-19 lock down in a ground-breaking agreement by stakeholders.  

On Monday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day national lockdown to limit the coronavirus outbreak.  On Tuesday, the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry in SA announced that parties in the industry had reached a “ground-breaking agreement” that would see workers getting their salaries during the lockdown period.  The signatories include the SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu), the Apparel & Textile Association of SA (Atasa) and the SA Apparel Association (Saaa).  According to the agreement, payment to the industry’s 80,000 workers will be made up of workers' Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) monies and employers’ funds.  The bargaining council will be the institution for the UIF distribution payments to workers through company payroll systems.  The bargaining council said the agreement had been submitted to the Department of Employment and Labour for an “emergency gazette and extension to non-party companies in the clothing industry”.

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