Textile union leaders in South Africa claim clothing factory bosses and not their army of workers are the winners in the country's record clothing and textile export boom.

South Africa's clothing and textile exports are expected to top R2 billion this year as exports to the US and the UK have so far soared 42 per cent and 83 per cent, respectively.

But despite that impressive growth, the South African Clothing and Textile Worker's Union (SACTWU) has said the surge in export volumes has not resulted in better wages for workers.

The union's secretary general, André Kriel, called on bosses to improve workers' pay and working conditions.

"It appears that the bosses, not workers, are benefiting from the increased exports, while job losses in the industry continue at an average rate of 1,400 formal jobs a month," he added.

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