Paarl farmers not worried about strike

Some Paarl farmers say their workers will not participate in the industrial action on Wednesday.

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

CAPE TOWN - Paarl farmers said it will be business as usual on Wednesday despite the threat of a massive strike action across the province.

Thousands of farmworkers are expected to down tools because of low wages.

The tail end of 2012 was plagued by farmworker strikes with many farmers suffering the loss of hectares of farmland.

Some workers torched vineyards during a widespread strike in November.

The industrial action broke out in De Doorns before quickly spreading to 15 other farming towns.

Workers are demanding a salary of R150 a day.

Currently, many say they are working for as little as R69 a day.

After failed negotiations with government and unions, farmworkers will once again boycott work on Wednesday.

However, Paarl farmers say production will not stop at their farms.

Meanwhile, Western Cape authorities have set up a joint operating centre to deal with any potential violence which may accompany the farmworkers strike in the province.

The police's Andre Traut said, "The police service are ready to deal with any situation. We urge the farmworkers to protest within the boundaries of the law."