Minister calls meeting on farming disputes

2012-11-09 23:11

Johannesburg - Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has called a meeting to seek a solution to labour disputes on farms in the Western Cape, her office said on Friday.

"Tomorrow’s [Saturday] meeting follows the ongoing negotiations between farm workers and farmers to reach a settlement agreement to end the wage dispute," spokesman Palesa Mokomele said in a statement.

"In today’s [Friday] meeting in Worcester... concluded by the employers recommending a new minimum wage of R80.00 per day."

The meeting would be attended by the ministers of labour and police, the Western Cape provincial government, representatives of farmer unions and farm workers.

Mokomele said further negotiations would be concluded between farmers and workers at different farms.

Farm workers in De Doorns in the Western Cape began protesting on Monday, demanding wages of R150 a day, improved living conditions, electricity, and an end to illegal evictions, illegal immigrant workers, and labour brokers.

Police said the situation in De Doorns was "very quiet" on Friday.

Earlier in the week, protests resulted in vineyards being burnt, a number of arrests, and the closure of the N1 between Touws River and De Doorns.

  • Strikeback - 2012-11-09 23:55

    " demanding wages of R150 a day, improved living conditions, electricity, and an end to illegal evictions, illegal immigrant workers, and labour brokers" While your'e at it, what about the unemployment rate, bad conditions of roads etc. Immigrant workers are taking your jobs because firstly, they do it better amd secondly, they respect employment. This issue of housing, living conditions and electricity is a privilage and not a right. The person who works at any major retailer for a simmilar wage is not provided housing, electricity and other benefits, why should farm workers be in a position to demand this? Employ people who want to work and look after this privilage.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-10 07:20

      Yeah, that what I was thinking. I suppose actually, that it only takes 'one' person to scream out demands, and it becomes a chorus? Pity that the 'requirements' have ended, as always so? in so much sadness, so 'ugly'. I dunno, in 'my day' if the annual increase was not agreed, when you were employed, you approached the boss ever so politely, and asked is maybe there was a possibility of an increase? When I eventually became an employer, I was so mindful of the issue and touch ancient wood, for the 20 years I owned the factory, I never had a days' dispute. trade unions were allowed to cross the door, and I only employed women....:) (clothing factory).....also I made all of them a 1% shareholder, which was great, as when the auditor was done with the annual books, we paid out accordingly and it had nothing to do with bonuses. Hmmmmmm.........but that was then. I do ramble so.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-10 11:21

      With Marius Fransman leading the protesters in his drive to out the DA, they will find themselves without work and he wouldn't care a fig. Poor vulnerable people.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-10 07:04

    From mining to farming ,workers loot and destroy,the gov allows it. WHERE was this minister when it all happened?? just like some ask where Helen was, heres the national minister hiding again.

      grant.hide - 2012-11-10 11:07

      Minister hiding in her new traditional bunker :D I mean it cant be a western bunker, traditional laws shouldn't allow it. Must be built of mud and so on. Electricary should also be non existant. :P

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-10 07:46

    It took a week for the minister Joermat-Peterson to respond. Was she in Paris for her annual 12 months holiday?

  • TawwaTienie - 2012-11-10 08:13

    Interesting background. Agbare minister en Fransman het reeds samesprekings gevoer. Was dit om hulle op te stook of wat? What happened during October meetings with the very same people same area SAME ministers involved! Then Governments were already aware of all this so-called strikes and did nothing to stop the 8000 foreigners from Lesotho. Read Were these Lesotho withv special orders? Most of them illegal. Also Cosatu was aware also strange. \r\nStrange too, at the same time after the massacre at Marikana and same time as the meeting mentioned above, there was another meeting in zimbabwe .... And the singing of his name, was this co-incidence ? If you look at other similar jobs, countrywide, payments for unskilled workers, compare apples with apples. Also remember, nobody forced those workers to work at a specific farm(s) and who accepted this work opportunity for that money? And why not go back to Lesotho and plant your own products? Was this necessary to destroy and burn food, houses, clothes or victimize people to commit crimes. If it was your house that farmers burnt down, will you be ok with it? It is a crime.

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-10 08:13

    Fanie and the poor will suffer again.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-10 08:40

    Entirely ORCHESTRATED by the ANC and it's related propaganda machines from the outset - even to flooding the area with unemployed persons bussed in apparently. The racist ANC will stop at nothing to stoop to make flourishing enterprise collapse, and to unsettle and destabilize societies - the only and most successful endeavor that the ANC has ever acclaimed fame for, even to turfing their own presidents out like dead cats and frogs and snakes.nxa

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-11-10 10:59

      Kagiso, R60/day is the minimum wage and the farmers associations reckon they lay a lot more, in some cases almost double, than the minimum. Some workers, this week, have come out and said that it's a few workers along with non-farm workers that have been intimidating the majority of De Doorns farm workers in the area into protesting. In a country with high unemployment there sure are lots of people who don't value the job they have.

      grant.hide - 2012-11-10 11:10

      You say R60 rand a day, U forgot to mention the shelter electricary and hot water bra. That easily comes to 150 a day worth. Stop moering the economy with the grave train. Sooner or later these neecompoops will be starving on the side of the road.

  • erena.slabbert - 2012-11-10 11:02

    In my book it works this way, if you are not happy with your salary, you speak to your boss if nothing canges you find another job! Does these poor people being used by trade unions not realize, more salary less jobs.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-10 11:17

    It's too hot today for her fur coat. Not that there is much brain there for the heat to curdle.

  • manu.dibango.96 - 2012-11-10 12:37

    One of the things that always shocks me about SA is how many ordinary people defened keeping wages as low as possible. I don't know of another country where ordinary people have this kind of attitude. The typical argument is "consider yourself lucky because you have a job" which is an indirect way of defending exploitation. A people who defend being given low wages and being exploited ... how does this work? I have considered it from different angles and it just doesn't make sense.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-10 13:40

    I wonder what our Prez. pays his domestic workers and how many he has. U see he can build homes for them because he gets tax for free. The farmers must work for their money. Gov. can give farmers money to build homes for workers and pay for electricity. They do it at their homes!

  • piet.snot.77964 - 2012-11-10 22:17

    I am amazed that a few protestors can block a major national road disrupt all sorts of transport and the police stand by and watch - I believe that the ANC is behind all this.

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