Job losses in the clothing, textile and leather sectors have shown a significant slowdown in 2011, a report tabled at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) showed.
According to Statistics SA data, employment in the clothing, textile and leather sectors decreased by 1.4% in 2011.
This is significant, considering the massive job losses that the industry experienced in previous years. In 2008 the industry lost almost 13 000 jobs.
"Importantly, each of the last three quarters has seen increased employment numbers," the union said.
Last year, job losses in 2011 dropped significantly compared to 2010 and 2009.
In 2011, the union database recorded 48% less job losses than in 2010 and 55% lower than in 2009.
"The last two years has seen employment in the industry being more stable," Sactwu commented.
"The turn-around is mainly due to more solid support from government, especially since 2009, and the union's Save Jobs Campaign," it added.
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