CCMA offers help in Western Cape strike

2013-01-12 22:19

Cape Town - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration has offered to intervene in the strike by farmworkers in the Western Cape over wage increases.

"We have the authority to intervene, and the skills and experience to mediate a solution," executive director Nerine Kahn said on Saturday.

"We have offered our services - which we are empowered to do in matters of public interest - and trust that the parties will respond positively to our offer."

The CCMA said they were in a position to mediate a binding short-term agreement while the parties wait for a sectoral wage determination by the labour department.

Farmworkers in De Doorns in the Western Cape want their minimum R69 daily wage increased to R150. The strike began on 27 August last year, and was called off on December 4 and resumed on Wednesday.

Situation calm

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said the situation in De Doorns had calmed down after a hijacking on Saturday morning.

"At 06:00 [Saturday] three suspects hijacked a truck while the driver was waiting for farmworkers he had to pick up," Filander said.

"They took the truck to the Stofland informal settlement where they petrol bombed the truck which burned out totally. No one was injured and no arrests were made."

The men were wearing balaclavas. Filander said police were monitoring the area.

The public hearings review relating to the farmworkers dispute is expected to start next week for revisions from 1 April.

"If we can reach a collective agreement soon, it will not only begin to restore calm and ensure workers can go back to work," Kahn said.

"It [the agreement] could also form the basis for a recommendation to the Minister of Labour and the Employment Conditions Commission."

Kahn called on organised business and labour to consider their offer to use the mediation services.

"We believe the interests of employers, workers and farming communities will be best served through a mediated and negotiated outcome."


On Friday, the Western Cape Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said town-by-town discussions with farmers in the province were progressing well.

Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said workers were willing to compromise to around R110 per day.

The individual farmers agreed to a meeting organised by Cape Orchards Company chairman Gerhard de Kock. The company represents 12 farms in the De Doorns Hex River Valley, which together produce approximately three million boxes of table grapes a year.


  • Trevor Moller - 2013-01-12 22:57

    CCMA to help well here comes Groot K__K they F____d my case up

  • adrian.k.andrews - 2013-01-12 22:58

    Un-civilise beings!

  • Bingo - 2013-01-12 23:00

    @ siviwe, do you really not know who set the minimum wage or has your racist attitude overridden any form of intelligence or even common sense. would love to know if you believe only whites can be racist.

  • Trevor Moller - 2013-01-12 23:00

    Not uncivilised being's uncivilised beingnamals

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-12 23:01

    They need to sort their issues through CCma ... so Zille wants us to believe in her when she cant sort problems for the poor mxm!!! she must forget she will never attain my vote...

      nu_un_clear - 2013-01-12 23:14

      That’s the beauty of democracy. I would in any case prefer NOT to be associated with someone remotely resembling YOU. A racist!!

      godfrey.welman - 2013-01-12 23:37

      @Yandisa...would you prefer to see it resolved the Marikana way??? Shame on you!!!

      Mavhungu J Mukwevho - 2013-01-12 23:52

      @Yandiswa....Shame on you!!

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-12 23:45

    You can rattle your cages as loud as you possibly can you will never have a my peoples vote including mine... all you will do is sit on forums like this and undermine!! and what make me laugh is you things still go out and waste your time and your votes hoping for god knows what...

      hugo.mcdonald.7 - 2013-01-15 12:18

      "and what make me laugh is you things still go out and waste your time and your votes hoping for god knows what..." ...Well, us THINGS as you call us, DID win the Western Cape with our votes... Just a matter of time...

  • attie.tredoux - 2013-01-13 06:35

    Tony Ehrenreich and his gang is trying very hard to make Cosatu relevant again after the Lonmin fiasco where rogue unions ran the show. He will of course be supported by the thousands of expatriates from other provinces who are flocking to the Western Cape because the ANC rulers in those provinces have no capacity to strengthen the local economy in their provinces.

  • Sammy Willow - 2013-01-13 08:18

    south africa you are about to implode,

  • mathilde.duplessis - 2013-01-13 10:01

    In order to decide what is the truth here, I would like some better reporting. I have the following questions. Do these workers have free accommodation? Do their children have free schooling? Do they live on farm land where they can plant vegetables, keep chickens etc? Do the farmers give constant employment even when the season is over? Do they pay UIF for the workers? Do they provide healthcare? Just reporting about the violence is irresponsible. Surely there is more to this than meets the eye.

      PeggySven - 2013-01-13 11:57

      News agencies no longer report NEWS, they now give opinion as fact. True reporting is no longer tolerated by governments worldwide as to do so would contravene some security law or other. They learned that from the last true investigative journalism that brought down a US President known as Watergate.

  • mordikaai.speak - 2013-01-13 14:49

    Like everything it all boils down to politics if only these poor people knew they were being used shamelessly by those that rule CCMA why have you not been around for all the disputes. You should step in and resolve the Bus strikes in Tshwane that have been going on for months without being resolved. Oops

  • gilbert.meijerhoven - 2013-01-13 17:14

    I wonder why News24 is allowing all these racist and degrading comments on their platform....I will report this page and action should be taken...It hurts to see all these racist comments on this website day in and day out comming from all sides.....

      roberto.m.quintas - 2013-01-14 10:58

      I could not agree with you more... The first 5 comments of any story are normally intelligent and relevant...then before you know it, it is black vs white, white vs black, gay vs homophobe, homophobe vs gay, believer vs atheist etc....So much hate.... Very sad.

  • gift.ndebele.14 - 2013-01-14 12:30

    @Niemeijer, I hear you. But what makes my blood boil is this persistent tendency by so called intellectuals to potray ANC as an organisation of fools. The undertone is that since the ANC is predominately black, why should one expect anything from that lot(blacks). If that isn't racism then what is??

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