Agriculture Dept prepares for farm strikes

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

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Agriculture Department on Monday said it was working with various authorities to mitigate the impact of a planned farm workers strike in the province.

Unions last week announced they will resume their indefinite industrial action this Wednesday.

Labourers are demanding a wage of R150 for a day's work. They are currently being paid R69.

The department said while it does not believe will be well supported; it is still taking precautionary measures.

Police will be mobilised to try and prevent the chaos seen during strike in November.

The strike started in De Doorns before spreading to other farming towns.

Two people lost their lives and vineyards were torched during the violent industrial action.

The department's Wouter Kriel said they are also concerned the strike will disrupt schooling if it drags on.

"We are concerned that disruptive behaviour might affect schooling."

Unions are adamant workers will not return to the fields until all their demands are met.