Clothing workers set to strike

Clothing and textile workers will know whether they’re going to striking for wage hikes by Thursday.

Sactwu General Secretary Andre Kriel. Picture: Janine Wilemans/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A final decision will be made on Thursday about whether thousands of factory workers will go on a nationwide strike, the South African Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) said on Wednesday.

Sactwu said 80 percent of its members have agreed to down tools and the last ballots will be tallied on Thursday.

So far about 30,000 votes have been counted.

Sactwu members are unhappy about several issues, including a new wage model.

Sactwu's Andre Kriel said they have no choice but to strike.

"A strike is never an easy decision for workers because it is such a serious issue. We have to prepare for the eventuality of strike action. It's not our first option but it is our last resort."

Kriel added that several meetings will be held on Thursday regarding the possibility of a strike.

"We're now convening shop steward council's nationally, in all parts of the country where we'll then give the outcome of the balloting process. We will then take a final decision of when a strike will start."