12 held after farmworkers set truck alight

2013-11-11 19:30

Twelve people were arrested after farmworkers set a truck alight in Wellington, Western Cape.

Hype over farmworker pay unwarranted

2013-08-02 07:56

The R105 minimum daily wage for farmworkers has not resulted in large-scale job cuts, economists reportedly say.

Oliphant unaware of farmworkers' strike

2013-06-17 15:21

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is not aware of any plans of farmworkers embarking on strike action, according to a report.

Motlanthe calls for farm wage solution

2013-05-11 18:49

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for co-operation between farmers and farmworkers, a report says.

Strikes organiser gets state funding

2013-04-02 08:19

An organiser of the recent farmworkers' strikes in the Western Cape is getting funds from the government, according to a report.

Rocketing costs threaten black farmers

2013-03-06 16:22

The number of black and smallholder farmers in South Africa is under threat due to rising costs, warns the African Farmers Association of SA says.

Farmworkers march stoppped

2013-02-28 13:01

The Cape Town city council and the police have denied farmworkers permission to march to Parliament at the weekend, the Farmworkers' Coalition say.

Farm job cuts could grow to 200 000

2013-02-10 14:04

Job losses could reach 200 000 by the end of 2013 as the minimum wage for farmworkers almost doubles in the wake of violent protests, a report states.

R1m pledged for farm workers' union

2013-02-09 19:40

The SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union has pledged R1m for the establishment of a formal farmworkers' union.

Cosatu: Farm job cuts are spiteful

2013-02-08 14:43

The retrenchment of workers by farmers in the wake of the new minimum daily wage of R105 is an act of hostility, says Cosatu.

Union urges farmers to save jobs

2013-02-07 17:57

Farmers struggling with the new minimum wage of R105 per day for workers, should not axe jobs and rather take up the government's wage reprieve, Fawu says.

Farmers fail to apply for wage relief

2013-02-06 22:30

The labour department says struggling farmers have not responded to the wage reprieve it is offering, but a labour expert says the process is unrealistic.

Farmers can't afford more than R105/day

2013-02-04 15:41

An economic analysis has shown that farmers will be unable to cover their expenses if the minimum wage increases to more than R105/day.

Police warns of illegal grape trade

2013-01-31 18:40

The illegal trading of grapes in De Doorns, which has been at the heart of the farm protests, has been identified as a hot-spot for crime, Western Cape police say.

Union asks farmers not to punish workers

2013-01-27 15:38

The Food and Allied Workers' Union has called on Western Cape farmers to let workers return without facing disciplinary action after their strike was suspended.

Cosatu threatens renewed farm strike

2013-01-24 21:42

Farmers in the Western Cape risk renewed strike action for allegedly firing workers who protested for a pay increase, says Cosatu.

Farm strike suspended

2013-01-23 09:46

The deadly farm strike in the Western Cape has been suspended after three weeks of labour unrest.

Pay rise will reduce farm jobs - Union

2013-01-22 18:19

Raising the minimum wage of farmworkers in the Western Cape will not resolve the unrest and will further reduce employment, says Solidarity.

Farmworkers to return to work

2013-01-22 11:27

About 1 500 striking farmworkers are expected to return to work in De Doorns this week, the Food and Allied Workers' Union says.

Farmworkers encouraged to keep striking

2013-01-21 09:38

Cape farmworkers have been encouraged to continue striking until their demands for a higher daily wage are met.

Farmworkers to hand over 'peace policy'

2013-01-18 11:10

Farmworkers are “trying a new strategy” and are set to march in De Doorns to hand over a “peaceful strike policy”, the Food and Allied Workers’ Union says.

N1 remains closed in De Doorns

2013-01-18 08:31

Western Cape police say the N1 highway remained closed at De Doorns as people gather in the area, a day after a march by thousands of striking farmworkers in the town.

Workers accuse police, farmers of brutality

2013-01-17 17:44

The SA Human Rights Commission is investigating at least 20 complaints of brutality against striking Western Cape farmworkers, it has said.

Most farmworkers back on the job

2013-01-17 14:46

A large number of Western Cape farmworkers are back at work, on the first day after strike action was suspended, agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg says.

Commission to probe abuse claims

2013-01-16 20:04

Claims of inhumane treatment of striking Western Cape farmworkers will be investigated, the SA Human Rights Commission says.


Rid agricultural sector of violence: MEC

2013-08-19 22:32

Western Cape Agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg has urged participation in efforts to prevent a recurrence of last year's violence in the agricultural sector.

Minister rues Cape farmworker efforts

2013-07-29 19:48

Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has lamented the lack of progress in addressing farmworkers’ issues in the Western Cape.

More farmers seeking wage waiver

2013-05-29 07:12

A total of 1 987 farmers have applied for an exemption from the new minimum wage of R105 a day for workers, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

Mass farm meetings to sort out De Doorns

2013-05-10 09:42

Two mass meetings will be held in De Doorns at the weekend to address farmworkers' concerns and to help farmers come to terms with the new minimum wage.

Hundreds of farmers ask for wage waiver

2013-03-07 15:43

About 900 farmers have applied to be exempted from paying their workers the new minimum wage of R105 a day, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

City claims it never denied march

2013-03-01 18:06

The City of Cape Town did not deny permission for a coalition of farmworkers to march to Parliament at the weekend, an official says.

New farmworker wage to kick in

2013-02-26 20:16

The new minimum wage of R105 a day for farmworkers will be implement later this week, according to the labour department.

Sactwu: R1m pledge is not for new union

2013-02-10 10:19

Sactwu says its R1m donation is not to form a new union, but to help unionise farmworkers in De Doorns that was at the heart of the farmworkers' strike.

Busa calls for business-friendly policies

2013-02-08 20:10

Business Unity SA says it remains committed to discussions that will ensure the sustainability of commercial agriculture amid a challenging business environment.

Agriculture jobs in crisis

2013-02-07 19:39

The R105 a day minimum wage for farmworkers will likely speed up job cuts in the already ailing agricultural sector, a survey shows.

Thousands of farmworkers' jobs on line

2013-02-07 07:18

At least 2 000 farmworkers have been issued with retrenchment notices ahead of the implementation of a new minimum wage, a report says.

New farm wage sets precedent - union

2013-02-04 17:09

The new minimum wage for farmworkers, announced by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, has set a precedent for protests in other sectors, says TAU SA.

Farmworkers to get R105/day

2013-02-04 14:31

The government has raised the minimum farm wage to R105 per day, in response to a wave of violent strikes that has hit the industry over the last three months.

179 violent protests in Western Cape in 2012

2013-01-31 14:13

There were 179 violent strikes and protests in the Western Cape in the past year, provincial police say.

Farmworkers shouldn't back down - Lamola

2013-01-26 22:08

Farmworkers in the Western Cape should not retreat in their fight for a minimum daily wage of R150, ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola says.

Rand edges lower on CPI data

2013-01-23 12:13

The currency market failed to translate CPI figures and an end to the farm strikes into a positive move during midday trade.


COSATU has called off the farmworkers protest which began in November last year. No strike action is expected from Wednesday despite heavy police presence.

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Farm strike ends, but not over

2013-01-22 16:45

The Western Cape farmworkers' strike has been called off, but a mass strike against "bad farmers" is in the pipeline pending further talks, says Cosatu.

Body to discuss 'slave worker' farm pay

2013-01-21 13:18

The Employment Conditions Commission which advises the minister will meet to discuss farmworker pay labelled as 'slave wages' during hearings.

Another De Doorns protest march planned

2013-01-18 14:21

Striking farmworkers will march in De Doorns next Thursday to hand over a "peaceful strike policy", the Food and Allied Workers' Union says.

Rand weakens on farmworker strikes

2013-01-18 09:44

The local currency has slipped against the dollar, undermined by negative sentiment from persistent labour unrest.

Farmers must step up to end strike

2013-01-17 18:18

Western Cape farmers need to offer something tangible to their workers and make meaningful individual commitments to halt protest action, says a trade union.

De Doorns under siege

2013-01-17 16:29

Thousands of protesters have thronged the N1 highway in De Doorns and stopped at farms to hand over a memorandum of demands.

Farmworker strike not over - union

2013-01-17 10:54

The Western Cape farmworkers' strike has not been suspended and workers who go back do so at a huge risk, the Black Association of the Wine and Spirit Industry says.

More arrests in farmworker protests

2013-01-16 18:23

A total of 26 people have been arrested overnight in connection with farmworkers' protests for higher wages, Western Cape police say.

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