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'No Reconciliation Day for farmworkers'

WC farmworkers said they had nothing to celebrate on Reconciliation Day because nothing has changed.

Farmworkers block roads in Piketberg on 14 November 2012. Picture: Lucille Botha/Landbou.com

CAPE TOWN - Some Western Cape farmworkers refused to participate in Reconciliation Day celebrations at the weekend.

They said their working conditions have not changed over the years.

Farmworkers from across the province gathered in Worcester on Sunday.

Demonstrations flared up in 16 farming communities over the past few months as workers demanded their daily wage be doubled to R150.

After two rounds of strike action in the past two months farmworkers from across the province gathered at the Boland Park Stadium to discuss their plans.

They said there can be no reconciliation without pay.

Their demands include water, electricity, housing and transport.

The Mayibuye Land Rights Movement's Henry Michael said, "Farmworkers will now determine our own destiny."

He said they are planning more demonstrations for the next year.