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Minister meets with striking De Doorns workers

Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson assured workers she will take their concerns to the president.

Protesting farm workers march through the De Doorns town centre on 6 November 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN -Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Tuesday assured striking farm workers that she will take their concerns to President Jacob Zuma.

She made the comments while addressing workers in De Doorns in the Hex River Valley on Tuesday afternoon.

The workers have been on strike since last week to demand better wages.

They want their salaries upped from about R70 a day to R150.

Joemat-Pettersson began her address by telling thousands of workers that, "an injury to one is an injury to all."

She added that government will continue to fight for workers' rights.

But the minister could not guarantee the R150 daily wage that workers are demanding.

Instead, she told workers that if they return to work, they should ensure that they are not paid less than R80 a day.

That is the amount that was initially offered by employers.

Joemat-Pettersson promised to meet with Zuma and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to look at reviewing farm workers' pay.