‘Farmers not sticking to wage deal’
The union says very few farmers stick to the R105 per day agreement.
CAPE TOWN - The Building and Allied Workers Union of SA (Bawusa) on Monday said a worrying number of farm owners in the Western Cape are still not complying with new basic minimum wage requirements.
Violent wage strikes hit the sector late in 2012 and early 2013.
Workers had demanded a minimum daily wage of a R150.
The new basic minimum wage, which came into effect in March, compelled farmers to pay a daily wage of R105.
Bawusa has carried out a survey to check how many farmers are adhering to the new wage.
The union's Nosey Pieterse says, "There are very few that stick to the R105 per day agreement."
Around 900 farmers asked the Department of Labour to be exempt from the new basic minimum wage, saying they cannot afford it.
The department said 10 percent of the farmers failed to provide documentation to back up their applications.