Cosatu calls off farm strike

Trade union federation Cosatu has called off the farmworkers strike in the Western Cape.

Striking farmworkers hurl rocks at police during a protest for better wages in De Doorns in the Western Cape, Thursday, 10 January 2013. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape on Tuesday announced that it was calling off the farmworkers strike.

Workers in the province were demanding a basic daily wage of R150 a day.

The area of De Doorns in the Hex River Valley has been at the centre of the often violent strike.

Last week, the trade union federation suspended the mass action for a week in Clanwilliam, but has now decided to call off the strike entirely.

It is unclear whether this move is supported by other farming unions, including the Building and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (BAWUSA).