Factory workers consider national strike

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union is set to decide on strike action soon.

FIle:Workers at the Prestige Factory in Maitland. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) on Tuesday said a final decision on a possible strike will be made in just over one week.

Sactwu declared a formal wage dispute last week after talks deadlocked.

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

So far the majority of KwaZulu-Natal factory workers have voted in favour of nationwide industrial action.

Sactwu's André Kriel said there is a strong possibility that workers will down tools.

"We have tried everything to find a negotiated settlement. We're not a trigger happy union. However, there is a last resort. A strike is not the union's first choice.

"If we accept what the employers are demanding, it means we're going to prejudice existing workers and we cannot allow that. Actually, we have no choice but to put the matter to a ballot and to ask workers whether they want to come out and defend their rights."