De Doorns talks break down

De Doorns farm workers went on a rampage over salaries on 6 November 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Talks aimed at ending the farm workers strike in De Doorns in the Hex River Valley have collapsed.

In a statement issued on Friday, Agri Wes-Cape said it met with union members who were claiming to represent the workers, but things soon got out of hand.

Agri Wes-Cape's Porchia Adams said, “The Agri Wes-Cape representatives started this morning with a very constructive discussion. But after the first break the union representatives threatened the Agri Wes-Cape representatives with their personal safety and with their lives.”

Earlier this week, farm workers embarked on a wage strike, burning 30 hectares of vineyards during their protest.

The workers are demanding a R150 salary a day. They reportedly earn R70 a day, and recently rejected an increase of R10.

On Thursday, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille left her walkabout in the area after a handful of protesters became unruly.

Zille said the protests were politicised.

Meanwhile, the protests have since spread to Wellington.

Farm workers are also demanding better salaries but no violence has been reported.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)