The strike began after salary negotiations for the sector failed to yield a settlement

The strike began after salary negotiations for the sector failed to yield a settlement

Around 3,000 cotton sector employees have downed tools after the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU) issued a strike notice earlier this week over wages.

The notice was issued on Monday (21 July) and the strike began at 06:00 yesterday after salary negotiations for the sector failed to yield a settlement.

The issue in dispute is the employers' final wage package increase offer of 7.75%. Members are demanding a 10% increase.

SACTWU says the strike is legal in terms of the provisions of the Labour Relations Act.

Wage increases were due on 1 July.

SACTWU last week settled a wage dispute in the wool and mohair textiles sub-sector after agreeing to a wage increase of 8% for the first year and another 8% increase in the second year.