'Harvest season the best time to strike'

Bawusa has vowed its farmworkers’ strike will intensify across the Boland as harvest season begins.

FILE: Police keep an eye on farmworkers who protest in Wolseley on 9 January 2013. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Building and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Bawusa) has vowed a farmworkers' strike in the Boland will be intensified this week.

Hundreds of labourers, from the JF Le Roux deciduous fruit farming company, have already downed tools in the Paarl, Wellington, Piketberg and Stellenbosch areas.

They claim they are worse off since a new minimum daily wage of R105 was announced for the sector in March.

The agricultural union's Nosey Pieterse said, "Close to 3,000 workers are now on strike, which will continue until management is prepared to come to the party and address the issues that were raised."

It is harvest season and Pieterse says it's the best time to strike.

"Management will now have to think seriously about whether they are prepared to sacrifice their opportunity to make money just for the sake of continuing this unjust conduct."

On Friday, the Western Cape Agriculture Department said another farmworkers' strike couldn't come at a worse time.