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Fresh farm strike?

The Food and Allied Workers Union said farmworkers in De Doorns are threatening to down tools.

De Doorns farm workers went on a rampage over salaries on 6 November 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) on Monday said farmworkers in De Doorns are threatening to down tools, allegedly after some people were unfairly dismissed.

But both the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Agriculture Department have told Eyewitness News they are not aware of Tuesday's possible strike.

Between November 2012 and January, hundreds of workers embarked on an often violent and deadly strike over low wages.

The Labour Department has revised the daily minimum wage to R105, but it is understood many workers are still upset as they want R150.

Fawu's Braam Hanekom said he is meeting with workers in De Doorns later on Monday.

"The workers that I've engaged with are extremely frustrated. The magnitude of the strike is not clear. We're not talking about the Western Cape, we are talking about De Doorns which is a sensitive area as it was the centre of the previous strike."

In November, a strike by farmworkers broke out in De Doorns and spread to other farming towns in the Western Cape.

At least two people lost their lives during the violent strike.

In March, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant introduced a new minimum wage of R105.

However, many farmers complained saying they could not afford the new wages.

As a result, over 900 farmers wrote to the minister asking to be exempt from the new minimum wage.

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