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South Africa’s Footwear Manufacturing Workers Enter Second Week of Strike Over Wages

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A nationwide strike over wages is halting South Africa’s footwear manufacturing industry. Members of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) and National Union of Leather and Allied Workers (NILAW) entered their second week on strike Wednesday. Workers are demanding a 9 percent wage increase. However, South African Footwear and Leather Association’s (SAFLIA)…

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