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WC farmworkers contest dismissal

A group of farmworkers have taken a case of unfair dismissal to the Labour Court.

A group of farmworkers have taken a case of unfair dismissal to the Labour Court. Picture: RSC.Inc.

CAPE TOWN - A group of farmworkers, who were dismissed in connection with a strike in the Western Cape last year, took the matter to the Labour Court on Monday.

In late 2012 and early 2013, hundreds of farm workers embarked on a violent strike in the Western Cape demanding better pay.

Now, 11 workers are claiming they were unfairly dismissed from their jobs at Steytler Farm in Robertson in January last year.

They say the dismissal was due to their involvement in the strike.

But lawyers for Steytler Farm claim the group was only dismissed after they had been warned to return to work.

The Commercial Stevedoring Agricultural and Allied Workers Union's Karel Swart says the court heard arguments today.

"What we want is for workers to be reinstated. If the judge does not rule in the workers favour, it sends out a very negative message to South Africans."