Farmworkers’ organisations and labour unions at a farmworkers conference at UWC were not happy with the lack of a clear plan from Thulas Nxesi on how to deal with recalcitrant farmers.
The quantity and quality of wine available in Scandinavia is strictly controlled by the governments and tenders are issued for wine producers.
SAFTU and United Front have called for a consumer boycott of goods sourced from Oak Valley Estate.
A community protest to support the Oak Valley strikers has been met by police violence and threats from ‘Coloured’ workers.
Farmworkers in Grabouw led by CSAAWU have been on strike since Monday, 6 May.
Workers at Oak Valley Farm have been on strike since Monday. With support from the nearby Grabouw community, they aim to lead a shutdown of the town.
Farmworkers and their organisations organised a speak-out to highlight the new wave of evictions that is said to be linked to calls for expropriation of land without compensation.
The Cosatu in the Western Cape has condemned the protest march by farmers on Monday. The protest was organised by AgriSA, Freedom Front+ and Afri-Forum. According to the statement released by Cosatu WC on Tuesday, the protest was racist and to be protesting ‘farm attacks’ and not ‘attacks that take place on farms’ “is an attempt to politicise the violence and isolate it to one group”.
CSAAWU has accused the South African Police Services of colluding with farm owners when it comes to farmworkers laying charges against farmowners. This comes after a farmworker was taken to a deserted place and threatened with violence and death following a break-in at a farmer’s house in Paarl.
Workers at Robertson Winery are on strike calling on the winery to pay them R8,500 a month.
The workers, who protested outside the winery say they are currently earning between R2,900 and R3,500 a month before deductions, according to Karel Swartz, deputy general secretary of the Commercial, Stevedoring and Allied Workers’ Union (CSAAWU).
Robertson Abattoir workers have successfully appealed a Labour Court judgment in their case of unfair dismissal.
The Labour Court’s ruling against the workers last year was set aside recently by the Labour Appeal Court and the workers’ case will now be sent back to that court.