‘Farmworkers strike not out of the question’

The Farmworkers' Rights Coalition said farmers are taking revenge by retrenching staff.

Police arresting striking farmworkers in De Doorns on 10 January 2013. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Farmworkers' Rights Coalition on Tuesday said the possibility of another strike was not out of the question.

The group claims farm owners are taking revenge on workers who took part in the initial strike by unfairly retrenching them.

Hundreds of farm owners have also applied for exemption of the new minimum wage of a R105 a day, following months of violent strikes.

The coalition's Ronald Wesso said, "As the coalition, we are working out our response to this based on what farmworkers are saying. We are saying strikes are not out [of the question]. We've had a march recently where we put a memorandum [of demands] to government."

The new minimum wage came into effect on March 1.

Farmworkers were demanding a daily wage of R150.

The strike first broke out in De Doorns and quickly spreading to neighbouring towns.