The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) had requested an urgent meeting with Woolworths to discuss the pending closure of one of the retailer’s suppliers, the union said yesterday. Seardel’s Intimate Apparel, a Cape Town-based under* wear and swimwear manufacturer, might be forced to close down, Sactwu said. “Should the closure of this factory proceed, it will have disastrous consequences, especially taking into account the current depressed economic circumstances and the recent wave of job losses.” The closure of the business would see more than 800 people lose their jobs. “We believe retailers in general and Woolworths in particular can play a major role in preventing the pending job losses.” Woolworths could not be reached for comment.

Source: Business Report – SAPA