Farmworkers Suspend Protests in South Africa

Striking farmworkers returned to work after agreeing to suspend strike action that was sparked by grape harvesters outside Cape Town protesting wages and living conditions.

  • South Africa:  Workers Return to Farms

    South African Press Association, 16 November 2012

    About 300 farmworkers who went on strike in Wolseley in the Western Cape returned to work on Friday, the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) in the province said. read more »

Police on standby (file photo): The strike which began among grape-pickers in the Hex River Valley turned and resulted in a confrontation with police.

  • South Africa:  Farm Worker Protests Continue

    South African Press Association, 16 November 2012

    Protesters looted shops and set buildings alight in Swellendam in the Hex River Valley in the Western Cape, police said on Friday. read more »

  • South Africa:  Union Calls for Support for Farmworkers Strike

    South African Press Association, 15 November 2012

    Catering union Saccawu on Thursday called for support for farmworkers in the Western Cape, to strengthen the "fight for better wages". read more »

  • South Africa:  Western Cape Protests - Calmer Day, Thicker Plot (analysis)

    Daily Maverick, 16 November 2012

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  • South Africa:  Cape Winelands - Why the Farmworkers Defied Cosatu (opinion)

    Daily Maverick, 16 November 2012

    Driving through the Hex River Valley after Wednesday’s chaotic protests feels like entering a ghost town. Yet when one manages to find residents and speak to them, it becomes ... read more »

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