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WC farm strike continues - Bawusa

Bawusa says farmworkers in most areas will continue fighting for better salaries.

Farmworkers protest for better salaries in Swellendam on 15 November 2012. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - The Building and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Bawusa) on Wednesday said it would not send farmworkers back to their posts despite the Congress of the South African Trade Union (Cosatu)'s announcement of a partial stop to protest action.

According to the union federation, the farmworkers strike will be halted in the Clanwilliam area.

This after workers accepted an offer of R105 a day.

However, Bawusa's Nosey Pieterse said farmworkers would not go back to work until their demands were met.

"Cosatu called the strike off for the Clanwilliam area where there is an agreement. As Bawusa, we are saying the strike continues in areas where no agreement has been reached."

Striking workers are demanding a daily wage of R150.

Meanwhile, several people have been arrested since the industrial action broke out earlier in January.

The Labour Department is expected to host public hearings in De Doorns on Wednesday evening.