Strike leaders to discuss farm protests

Protesters in the main road of Swellendam demonstrate for better wages on 15 November 2012 during widespread unrest among farmworkers in the Western Cape. Picture:Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA
CAPE TOWN - Leaders for striking farmworkers in the Western Cape are due to meet in Robertson and Touwsrivier on Sunday to assess the ongoing mass action.

Labourers, who are demanding a R150 daily wage, have said they are battling to survive on the R69 daily wage they currently earn.

Framworkers in Clanwilliam accepted a wage increase offer of R105 earlier this week.

The violent strike action resumed last week and saw the closure of at least four clinics in the Cape Winelands region.

Spokesperson for the Commercial Services and Allied Workers' Union (Cosawu), Karel Swartz, said they were planning their way forward.

“Our strategy is to target big retail groups.

“Consumers must know that [the products they are buying] are produced by slave labour.”

An announcement on a new minimum wage determination is expected to be made in February, after public hearings took place in the Western Cape this week.