One week after negotiating a ZAR190m (US$25m) wage deal for clothing industry workers in South Africa, wage increases have now been agreed for the country's textile sector.

The new pay package, which has been reached by the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (SACTWU), sees salary increases of 8% to 11% in six of the textile industry's nine sub-sectors.

The sectors are woven cotton, carpets, woven and crochet, non-woven, home textiles, and wool and mohair.

According to SACTWU, these six sub-sectors cover 82% of the 20,000 textile workers included in this year's negotiations, and the implementation date for the wage rises is 1 July 2008.

Talks are still underway for the blanket, fibres and worsted textile sub-sectors.