Calls for other provinces to join farm strike

Bawusa has urged farmworkers to intensify the indefinite farm strikes in the Western Cape.

Police keep an eye on farmworkers who protest in Wolseley on 9 January 2013. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Building and Allied Workers Union of SA (Bawusa) on Monday said it wanted farmworkers in other provinces to join a strike in the Western Cape.

The industrial action has entered its second week and has been dogged by violence. Labourers are demanding a daily wage of a R150.

Bawusa's Nosey Pieterse said more workers needed to join the strike.

"We need secondary agriculture that is organised by Sawu [South African Workers' Union} to join in the strike."

Last week, the industrial action became violent when workers allegedly started looting shops and barricading roads.

Several workers were arrested for public violence.

Meanwhile, a private security company said striking workers, apparently from the County Fair Chicken factory in Stellenbosch, started pelting cars with stones earlier.

Thaba Security's Johan Badenhorst told Eyewitness News a bout 50 workers overturned a bakkie on the R304 between Stellenbosch and Klipheuwel.

He said police are on scene but are helpless against the angry mob.

"They are throwing rocks at people. They are seriously hurting people. The situation is getting out of hand."