How have you been impacted by the lockdown?

Upon the president’s announcement of the initial 21-day lockdown, it was also announced that a collective agreement was concluded after fast-tracked national centralised negotiations between the parties to the clothing industry bargaining council.

The agreement notes that payment to workers will be made up of worker Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) monies and employer funds and that the clothing industry bargaining council will be the institution for the UIF distribution payments to workers in our industry, via company payroll systems.

All who work in the clothing and textiles industry were relieved, but over the past couple of weeks we’ve received texts from members saying they’ve not received their UIF payouts.

Fachmy Abrahams who works for the National Collective Bargaining Office at SACTWU, joins us on the line to discuss further…