Johannesburg - The SA Clothing and Textile Workers Union is pleased with the 30% decrease in job losses in 2010 but urges vigilance to prevent further losses, a spokesperson said on Thursday.
The figure is based on a report tabled at the union's national executive committee meeting last week.
"The report, based on actual job loss data collected and tracked on the union's job loss database, shows a 30.1% decrease in job losses in 2010 compared to 2009," the union said.
In 2010, 10 143 job losses were recorded, compared to 14 516 in 2009.
The union said this was due to the impact of their Save Jobs Campaign. This included tender alerts distributed to local manufacturers, local procurement promotion, local fashion promotion, union marketing of government support measures among shop stewards and factory owners, and higher duties on imported apparel after a union application to the International Trade Administration Commission.
They found increased government support for the industry through incentive schemes and efforts to combat customs fraud, increased duties on certain clothing products and duty rebates on certain fabrics not available locally but used in the manufacture of clothing and home textiles products.
Prices and labour costs are also rising in China, a large importer.