“The agreement to lower the minimum wage by 30 percent within the clothing and textile industry is a model that can be implemented to increase South Africa’s competitiveness and employment creation,” Sacci president Chose Choeu said in a statement.
Last week, textile industry employers and the Apparel Manufacturers of SA, under the umbrella of the SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union, signed a deal to offer 30 percent lower wages to new employees.
Choeu invited other industries to “seriously consider the brave example of the clothing and textile industry when tackling the significant problem of unemployment in South Africa”. He said the agreement had not only saved jobs, but already led to the creation of new jobs."
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