Wage dispute might lead to textile strike

SA Clothing and Textile Workers Union say a formal wage dispute might lead to strike action.

Workers at a clothing factory in Maitland. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Apparel Manufactures Association of South Africa (Amasa) are hoping that a plan for a possible clothing strike won't get off the ground.

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) declared a formal wage dispute on Wednesday amid deadlocked talks.

The trade union is unhappy with the salary hike in rural areas and a new wage model.

Sactwu said no final decision has yet been taken.

The union's Fachmy Abrahams said they are busy with the member's ballot process.

"We are currently balloting our members to find out whether they would support strike action. It is a national ballot. We are now making sure we hear the voice of our members to decide how we will proceed from here on out."

Amasa's Johan Baard said they don't want workers to go on strike.

"Given the challenges we face as a sector and seeing as we are identified by government as a sensitive sector, strike action is the last thing we need. I am hoping sense will prevail here."