Clanwilliam deal on farm workers’ wages ‘could be model’
FARM workers in Clanwilliam in the Western Cape on Tuesday reached a wage agreement that might signal the end of the agricultural strike in the province, the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) said.
"We are now close to resolving the dispute sooner rather than later," Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich told reporters.
He believed the agreement was a substantial step forward in the negotiations.
Clanwilliam farmers have agreed to a wage of R105 a day, from R69 before, and workers who participated in the strike will not be victimised.
The agreement was accepted by most farm workers, Mr Ehrenreich said
He added that the deal could serve as a model for the rest of the province, if Agri SA agreed to it on Wednesday.
Western Cape farmworkers went on strike last year to demand their daily wage be increased to R150 and that a coherent land reform programme be implemented.
The strike was suspended in December, but resumed on Wednesday last week.
At least 167 people had been arrested since then. On Monday alone, 42 people were arrested, mainly for public violence.
A 23-year-old man died in hospital on Tuesday after a shooting incident in De Doorns related to the strike, Western Cape police said.
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