7 February 2013

South Africa: 2000 Farm Workers Retrenched - Report

Job losses are up, but not in the industries one would expect. Statistics SA has released the figures for the last quarter of 2012. Strike-hit ... ( Resource: Statistics SA releases Job Losses Figures in South Africa

Johannesburg — At least 2000 farm workers were issued with retrenchment notices on Wednesday, Business Day reported on Thursday.

This, as the agricultural sector shed jobs ahead of thje implementation of a new minimum wage, and as mechanisation on farms gathered pace.

The paper reported analysts warning that thousands more would be shed when the new wage comes into effect at the beginning of next month.

Agricultuiral Machinery Association secretary Jim Rankin told Business Day he expected he expected farmers to look more closely at mechanisation "in the light of the last six months" -- during which workers went on strike and unions demanded big pay rises -- but said the process "started a long time ago".

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