'Farm strike wasn't well supported'

Permanent farmworkers continued working during the violent industrial action, AgriSA says.

Protesting farmworkers march through De Doorns on 6 November 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - AgriSA on Wednesday said the farmworkers strike in the Western Cape was not as well supported as unions believe.

The industrial action was called off on Tuesday after almost three weeks.

Striking workers were demanding a daily wage of R150.

The strike was marred by violence and looting.

At least three people were killed as a result of the strike.

AgriSA Executive Director Hans van der Merwe said the strike did not enjoy the support of all farmworkers.

"Production on farms continued. Over 90 percent of permanent workers have been working and some seasonal workers [have also gone to work]."

Van der Merwe added there were no winners in the wake of the industrial action as both striking workers and their employers suffered financially.

Economist Dawie Klopper said the impact of the labour dispute will be felt nationally.

"All of that together has dented confidence in the country and we have seen the Rand weakening."

The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) called off the strike conceding it had reached a point where strikers were not making any further gains.