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Sactwu: R1m pledge is not for new union

Feb 10 2013 10:19 Sapa

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Johannesburg - A R1 donation by Sactwu was to help unionise farmworkers, not to form a new union, it said on Sunday.

"[The pledge] is to assist Fawu to unionise farm workers," SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union general secretary Andre Kriel said in a statement.

On Saturday, Kriel addressed a recruitment planning meeting of the Food & Allied Workers' Union (Fawu), held at the Fawu offices in Gugulethu, Cape Town.

Sactwu and Fawu are both affiliated to the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

Kriel said the donation would go towards hiring a recruitment team and establishing Fawu offices in De Doorns.

Farmworkers in the Western Cape's De Doorns area went on strike last year, demanding the minimum daily wage be increased from R69 to R150, and that a cohesive land reform programme be implemented.

On Monday, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced a new minimum wage of R105 a day for farm workers - up from the current R69 a day - to take effect from March 1 this year.

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