Farm workers demand better conditions

2017-10-27 06:00

BETTER wages and the improvement in the health and safety of workers were some of the grievances on a memorandum that was given by protesting workers to Roivaal farm owner, Angus Rennie, at a march in Harding on October 11.

The Federation of Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) led the march and said conditions of workers, particularly wages, health and safety, are neglected by Rennie.

Fawu provincial organiser, August Mbhele said the union is concerned about the unhealthy working conditions, which it says, many farm workers are exposed to.

“Farm workers must be supported by government departments and municipalities because they are abused by employers who fail to agree to reasonable wage demands,” said Mbhele.

Retail stores and restaurant workers also marched in solidarity. They called on municipalities to discuss the land audit and the return of land to the people.

“Workers demand medical aid and a provident fund. They must also be given five days family responsibility leave per incident, which the employer fails to do,” added Mbhele.

When workers downed tools last month Rennie told them the farm does not have enough money to increase their wages.

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