Hundreds of garment workers at a Winnipeg factory are set to strike after last-ditch talks between union chiefs and company bosses failed.

More than 500 employees of Western Glove Works voted 97 per cent in favour of strike action over the pay dispute and are preparing to walk out next week. They have been working without contracts for a year.

Union chiefs claim the firm, which would not comment on the talks, wants a wage freeze on piece work and hourly rates and wants concessions on wage supplements and shift premiums.

With approximately 1,100 employees, Western Glove Works is
one of the largest firms within Canada's third-largest garment industry.