New minimum wage for farmworkers

While Cosatu welcomed the pay increase, it said wages were still far too low.

FILE: Cosatu has welcomed a wage increase for farmworkers, but stresses the pay is still too low. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Monday welcomed a wage increase for farmworkers.

But the trade union federation said pay was still too low.

The minimum wage, which comes into effect on 1 March, will see the hourly wage increase to R12,41 from the previous figure of R11,66.

This essentially amounts to a minimum monthly salary of just more than R2,400.

In 2012 and 2013, hundreds of farmworkers embarked on a violent strike in the Western Cape to call for better wages.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich says, "Cosatu wants to stress that these wages are way too low. We need to relook at the agriculture industry so that workers have decent wages and decent working conditions."