Clothing industry employers in South Africa are set to meet with union leaders this week to try to avert a strike of around 60,000 workers over a wage dispute.

Under annual wage negotiations, the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (Sactwu) wants salaries to rise by 7.9%, compared to the 5% offered by employers.

If last-ditch talks on Wednesday (26 August) fail to strike a deal, the union will ballot its members on the possibility of industrial action, local media reports say.

The negotiations come as South Africa's textile industry continues to battle cheap foreign imports and rising costs.