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More protest action - Bawusa

The union addressed government officials on Saturday.

Farm workers during widespread unrest about wages that started in De Doorns. Picture:Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA.

CAPE TOWN - Building and Allied Workers Union of SA (Bawusa) on Saturday warned that more protest action was inevitable, if all farm workers do not receive R105 as the minimum wage per day.

The union addressed government officials including Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Saturday and issues affecting the agricultural sector were raised in De Doorns at a panel discussion.

Bawusa's Nosey Pieterse reiterated that little progress has been made between farmers and their workers since wage increase demands were raised towards the end of last year.

Pieterse had called on government to subsidise farmers who applied for exemptions on the salary increase demands.

It is understood almost 1,000 farmers have applied for the exemption countrywide.

Many farmworkers claimed they earned a mere R69 per day.

Hundreds of hectares of vineyards were torched in Hex River Valley and in several other Western Cape farming communities late last year.

All relevant role players were meeting on Saturday to discuss what has been achieved since the mass protest action.

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