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De Doorns farmworkers unemployed

Bawusa's Nosey Pieterse claims some farmers are not employing locals.

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 - Farmworker's union Building and Allied Workers Union of SA (Bawusa) says while relations between it and some farmers are improving, some of its union members have not been called back to work and are now unemployed.

The Cape Winelands was rocked by violent protests last year.

Hectares of farmland were torched as farm workers called for better wages.

Bawusa's Nosey Pieterse claims some farmers are not employing locals but more foreigners following last year's uprising.

"In De Doorns specifically more than 90 percent of the people are unemployed, they've not been re-employed at the start of this season and instead the farmers have employed the Zimbabweans and people from neighbouring towns."