Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (Cape Town)

14 January 2013

South Africa: Le Chasseur District in Uproar

Photo: Wikipedia
Vineyard in South Africa's Western Cape

press release

In the Le Chasseur District (20km outside of Robertson), farm workers have taken to the streets in protest after an attempt at negotiation failed.

Farmers decided to negotiate directly with workers where they wanted to negotiate for R150 per day on condition that utility costs are deducted from worker salaries. However, farmers returned with an offer of just R110 per day.

Dissatisfied with the offer on the table farm workers have now blocked off roads to the district so as to realise their goal of a living wage of R150 per day.

These actions come after workers from this district occupied the Robertson Police Station on Friday when police refused to arrest a farm manager who had pointed a shot gun at the workers and threatened to shoot them if workers joined the strike. This is despite the fact that workers in the Le Chasseur District had remained peaceful and orderly during the farm worker strikes.

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