Sat Oct 25 05:27:15 SAST 2014

Farmers' sos call

Nov 26, 2012 | Sapa |

WESTERN Cape farmers appealed to the Department of Labour in a public hearing on Friday to bring stability to agriculture, an official said.

Department spokesman Page Boikanyo said farmers who attended the hearing in Worcester expressed concern that their lives and jobs could be lost if the farming strike resumed on December 4.

Director-general Nkosinathi Nhleko met farmers on Friday as part of a string of public hearings on farming wages and working conditions in the sector.

The protests started with table grape harvesters in De Doorns, who called for wages of R150 a day. Most earn between R69 and R75 a day.

Workers agreed to suspend their strike until December 4.

Boikanyo said Western Cape farmers said they could not afford the R150 a day. Nhleko was asked to forward farmers' concerns to President Jacob Zuma and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

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