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WC farmworker case dismissed

The Labour Court found the matter had not yet been referred to the CCMA.

The Labour Court says it will not hear a case brought by a group of farmworkers who claim they were unfairly dismissed.Picture:Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Labour Court in Cape Town says it will not hear a case brought by a group of farmworkers who claim they were unfairly dismissed.

Eleven workers claim they were unfairly dismissed from their jobs at Steytler Farm in Robertson in January last year.

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

The group claims their dismissal came as a result of their involvement in the labour unrest.

But lawyers for the farm have argued the group was only dismissed later in the month after they had been warned to return to work.

The court found today that the matter had not yet been referred to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and thus cannot be heard in a court of law.

The Commercial Stevedoring Agricultural and Allied Workers Union's Karel Swart says there is no justice for poor workers.