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South Africa's CTWU asks for report on YEA implementation

The COSATU-affiliated Southern Africa Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) has called for the clothing industry to submit a report on actions taken to implement the commitments made under the Youth Employment Accord (YEA).

The decision was taken after recently concluded COSATU Congress decided that the federation’s affiliates must step up the fight against youth unemployment. SACTWU tabled the matter at the final executive meeting of the Clothing Industry Bargaining Council, held in Cape Town. It was agreed that by February next year, a report would be prepared to take further a call. The report is expected to indicate what the trade union and employers in the industry have respectively done to implement the commitments made in the YEA.

The YEA was signed on April 18, 2013, at the historic Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto, by representatives of government and social partners. SACTWU is of the view that instead of just complaining about the problem of youth unemployment, it is time that every signatory of the YEA must take accountability for what they have done to meet their commitments.