A Brief History of SACTWU

SACTWU was formed in September 1989. The new union was the result of mergers of many unions in our industry over many years. Unity in our industry took a major step forward in 1989, when the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (ACTWUSA) and the Garment and Allied Workers' Union (GAWU- SA) came together to form the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU). The founding Congress was held in Cape Town, at the University of the Western Cape, on 16-17 September 1989.


What does SACTWU believe in? What do we intend to fight for?

These were the first questions that we had to answer. The answers to these questions were the first issues set out in the union constitution, under the "preamble" section: independence, non-racialism, democracy, equality, unity, security and good working and living conditions.