Sactwu may embark on nationwide strike

Some factory workers have voted in favour of a nationwide strike, says Sactwu.

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

CAPE TOWN - The South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) on Tuesday said most factory workers have voted in favour of a nationwide strike.

Ballots from members working at 25 KwaZulu-Natal factories have been counted.

Sactwu's André Kriel said, "We have already balloted about 26,000 workers of which 3,000 votes have been counted. A total of 93 percent of the 3,000 votes have in favour of strike action."

Members are unhappy about a new wage model and pay hike offered in rural areas.

Last week, Sactwu declared a formal wage dispute after talks deadlocked.