WC farm hearings continue

Farmworkers can still have their say in wage talks before the public hearings close on Sunday.

Gertruida Williams continued her work as usual on a Western Cape grape farm whilst labourers on other farms joined the strike on 9 January 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Labour is wrapping up its public hearings on minimum wages for farmworkers with the final meeting taking place on Sunday.

Farm labourers have been on strike for more than a week demanding a R150 daily wage.

Workers in the province earn around R69 a day.

The mass action has been characterised by intimidation and violence.

A man died earlier this week after he was shot with a rubber bullet in the head.

In another incident, a 10-year-old girl was injured after being hit in the face by a rubber bullet.

On Friday, officials will hold their penultimate hearing in Oudtshoorn.

The final one for the week is set to take place in Vredendal on Sunday.

The Labour Department says these hearings are intended to quell tensions in the farming sector.

However, workers remain militant and steadfast in their demands.

On Thursday, thousands of workers marched in De Doorns to hand over a memorandum to the farmers' association.

An announcement on wage determinations is likely to be made in February.

It is expected to be implemented on March 3.