KwaZulu-Natal farm workers have no plans to strike, says Cosatu

2012-11-15 00:00

FARM workers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have no plans to strike in the province, Cosatu provincial spokesperson Zet Luzipho said yesterday.

Luzipho said farm workers in KZN faced different problems from their counterparts in the Western Cape.

He said farm workers in KwaZulu-Natal faced problems that pertained more to the violation of their dignity.

“There’s also abuse of workers by farmers. Some workers are not allowed to bury their loved ones on the farm land they work on,” said Luzipho.

“In some cases, when the farmer sells the farm, the workers are chased away.

“They [workers] drink water with livestock and there are reported instances where they are dragged with vehicles by their employers.

“However, no strike has been planned for the province,” said Luzipho.

Koos Marais, of the KwaZulu-Natal agricultural union Kwanalu’s security desk, said they are not aware of any looming strike by farm workers in the province.

He said farmers in KwaZulu- Natal are paying their employees in line with the country’s minimum wage laws. These stipulate that employees must be paid R347,10 per week and R1 503,90 per month.

“We believe that farmers are doing things in line with those provisions,” he said.

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