Union to address farmworkers on wage offer

Bawusa will be in De Doorns and Grabouw this morning to discuss the R105 wage offer from government.

FILE: Protesting farm workers march through the De Doorns town centre on 6 November 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Building and Allied Workers Union of SA (Bawusa) on Sunday said a decision would be made soon on whether it will accept an increase of the minimum wage or whether it will resume its strike.

Last week, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced that farm labourers will now be paid R105 a day, up from the previous minimum of R69.

Violent strikes gripped the Western Cape farming community late last year and the beginning of this year.

Bawusa's spokesperson Nosey Pieterse says he will be in Grabouw and De Doorns to get feedback from farm labourers

"The demand of the workers was R150 per day and R105 is a long shot from their demand."

Pieterse says a final decision will also be made about whether the strike will resume.