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Farmworkers strike to go ahead

Western Cape farmworkers are expected to embark on an indefinite strike next week.

A police vehicle overturned during violent farm protests in Wolseley on 14 November 2012. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape on Friday announced that the farmworkers strike would go ahead next Wednesday.

The trade union federation said the strike will continue indefinitely until wage demands are taken seriously.

Thousands of farm labourers went out on strike last November demanding a wage increase and better living conditions.

The industrial action broke out in De Doorns before spreading to several farming towns.

The workers were demanding a R150 for a day's work.

The industrial action was marred by violence which left two people dead and farmland torched.

Unionist after unionist hammered the message home; the strike will go ahead and will drag on until all workers demands are met.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich went a step further saying the trade union federation was seeking a mandate from workers for a boycott of South African farm goods until a satisfactory agreement is reached.

An activist said the negotiations at farm level were a complete failure.

He added instead there was a hardening of hearts on the part of farmers.