WC farmers must comply with labour laws

The Labour Department has been visiting farms in the Western Cape to check their labour compliance.

The province’s farming sector has been rocked by a series of violent strikes among farm workers. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says her department won't hesitate to take action against farmers in the Western Cape who don't comply with labour laws.

The minister joined a team of inspectors on Thursday, who have been visiting farms in the Citrusdal and Clanwilliam areas checking on labour law compliance this week.

The inspectors also trying to ensure farmers are paying their staff the new basic minimum wage.

The province's farming sector was rocked late last year and early this year by a series of violent strikes among farm workers.

Labour Department officials inspected about 180 farms, of which 107 are complying with health and safety regulations.

Oliphant says the inspections will continue.

"We are going to follow up on those particular issues because two employers on those farms were not paying the minimum wage of R305 per day. We've said they must pay back the difference to workers because those farmers are not exempted."