Sactwu wage talks deadlock

Sactwu on Thursday said its members may strike after wage talks deadlocked.

Western Cape Economic Development MEC Alan Winde visited the Prestige Factory in Maitland on 11 June 2012. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) on Thursday said members may strike after wage talks deadlocked.

According to the union, the third round of salary negotiations with employers failed to produce an agreement.

Sactwu said the Apparel Manufacturers Association, which represents five employer groups, has not made a wage offer.

The Coastal Clothing Association has however offered a four percent increase and agreed to all demands, the union confirmed.

The Bargaining Council will now have 30 days to set up another meeting.

Sactwu General Secretary Andre Kriel said, "A strike is not our first option, but we can't negotiate forever."

He said if no agreement is reached, 60,000 workers will down tools.

The union is demanding an 8.5 percent wage hike.