Cosatu backs DairyBelle strikers

Cosatu NW says DairyBelle employers must come back to the negotiation table and talk.

South African-bred Jersey cows. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is planning to protest on behalf of striking DairyBelle workers this week.

Farmworkers employed by DairyBelle in the North West have been on strike since 8 December.

They are demanding a hike of R800 in their salaries.

But talks have deadlocked and the roads leading to the company's Bloemhof offices remain blockaded.

Cosatu's North West Provincial Secretary Solly Phetoe said the strikers demands are fair, and are calling on the employers to come to the table.

"On Wednesday we'll be leading the march to give the employer an ultimatum. We're asking the employer to come back to the negotiation table to resolve the issue and actually participate."

The protests will start on Wednesday at the Bloemhof offices and will move to DairyBelle's head office in Pretoria on Thursday and Friday.