Workers in the clothing industry across South Africa will receive a 7.5 per cent wage increase, effective September 1, 2018. Workers in the non-metro areas will receive an additional 0.5 per cent in the form of greater employer contribution to the provident fund. This will benefit just over 60,000 clothing workers, employed in 745 factories nation-wide. The agreement was reached under the auspices of the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry of South Africa. Employers were represented by the Apparel and Textile Association of South Africa (ATASA), Eastern Province Clothing Manufacturers Association (EPCMA), South African Apparel Association (SAAA), South African Clothing Manufacturers Association (SACMA) and the Transvaal Clothing Manufacturers Association (TCMA). While the employees were represented by the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), an affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).