Farmworkers to continue with strike

WC farmworker unions say they will keep striking for better conditions and wages.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Bowsi Agricultural Workers Union of South Africa said at the weekend farmworkers plan to continue striking until their demands are met.

Thousands of labourers attended a meeting at a local stadium in De Doorns on Sunday to discuss the planned demonstration on Wednesday.

On Friday Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) announced the protest action will resume this week.

Workers demand better pay and working conditions.

Late last year, farmworkers in 16 small towns embarked on a two-week long strike that left two people dead and hectares of land destroyed.

The Union's Secretary General Nosey Pieterse said more farming communities will participate in the protest.

"The mandate of the workers is that the strikes will continue until the demands are met. However, we have asked for evaluations in between because the objective is to get the farmers to the table. We need to leave room for that."

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

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

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