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Farmers should agree on wage – Oliphant

There is talk of renewed protest action by farmworkers as many are not being paid the agreed wage.

Striking farmworkers hurl rocks at police during a protest for better wages in De Doorns in the Western Cape, Thursday, 10 January 2013. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant suggesting on Saturday that farmers unite and decide on a fair, equal and affordable wage agreement for workers.

Government officials including deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe met with unions and agricultural sector role players in the town of De Doorns in Hex River Valley on Saturday.

There is talk of renewed protest action by farm workers as many are not being paid the agreed minimum wage of R105 per day, despite violent protests in several communities late last year.

"That's why we've encouraged them to consider collective bargaining," said Oliphant.

"Precisely because when you do the collective bargaining you say all the farmers who are farming grapes, must come together and agree on the same allowance for all the workers."