W Cape farm workers set to strike

2013-01-04 16:01
Striking farm workers demand that their daily wage of R70 be increased to R150. (AFP)

Striking farm workers demand that their daily wage of R70 be increased to R150. (AFP)

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Cape Town - Farm workers in the Western Cape will take to the streets next week following failed pay negotiations with Agri-SA and government, Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said on Friday.

"We're at the point where the mandate from workers is to resume the strike on 9 January 2013," said Ehrenreich.

He said Agri-SA and individual farmers had not offered much in terms of negotiations, and workers had no choice but to continue their industrial action.

Workers are demanding pay of R150 a day. Many are currently earning under R80 a day.

The strike was suspended in 2012, following an undertaking that negotiations would continue between workers' representatives and individual farmers.

This had apparently proved unsuccessful.

At least two people were killed during protests in farming areas between 27 August and 4 December last year.

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