Chamber: Strike will make things worse

2012-12-03 13:06

Cape Town - Any strike now will not solve the grievances of farmworkers, but will in effect worsen it, the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHi) said in a statement on Monday.

The commerce chamber has voiced concern over the planned stayaway on Tuesday, saying it will put pressure on the already ailing sector and lead to large scale job losses.

Farmworkers in the Western Cape will on Tuesday embark on a one day strike to push for higher wages, after talks with farmers broke down, union federation Cosatu said on Monday.

The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions accused "right wing elements" within the farming lobby of refusing to consider the plight of the workers.

"The strike is going ahead. The farmworkers have been let down not only by their employers, but government as well," said Tony Ehrenreich, Cosatu secretary for the Western Cape.

Last month, unprecedented unrest swept across the wine-producing region, as thousands of workers took to the streets demanding their minimum daily wages be increased from R70 to R150.

The strike turned violent, with one person killed during clashes with police. Several farms were set alight.

Calm returned last week when some workers returned to work as talks between government, unions and farmers took place.

"The farmers have intimidated us with dismissal, but we have gone too far to turn around now," Merchia Adams of Mawubuye Land Rights, told the Cape Argus newspaper.

The civil organisation held a meeting with farmworkers on Sunday. Cosatu has threatened countrywide protests if the workers' demands are not met.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-03 13:24

    We as educated people know this, but these foold dont, They will burn down their place of work demanding more money and then what? The place of work is gone? How do you suppose you get money from something that isnt there? IDIOTS!!!!

      grannygrant - 2012-12-03 14:43

      They're trying to copy the old scorched earth policy of yesteryear and, in the process, cutting off their nose to spite their face. Instead of uplifting the Coloured and Black farmworkers, Tony Ehrenreich is hellbent on his own 15 minutes of glory and showing the White farmers Who's the Boss! Pathetic washout of a failure .... Making the ANC look even more ridiculous in the Western Cape.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-12-03 13:26

    Does it matter... As long as Tony Ehrenreich can get his name and picture in the press all is well. Does anyone really think the unions will ever look at the bigger picture? Unfortunately its a political game and what ever points can be scored now will be taken.

  • martin.brink.965 - 2012-12-03 13:26

    No wonder my dad fought the communists. I finally understand now.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-03 14:58

      Makes me think the Nats did a half baked job, the commis should have been wiped off the map

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-03 13:30

    in SA the mob rules now, as the government didn't nip this in the bud when they had the chance. or does the cANCer prefer anarchy in SA as it takes our attention of all the stealing they're doing ?

  • Strikeback - 2012-12-03 13:43

    Farmworkers that participate in illegal atrike action must be dismissed and reported to Strikeback so we can ensure they are not employed again by mistake. Get rid of COSATU's agents while they create the opportunity.

  • JamesBothaThisBookWillChangeYourLife - 2012-12-03 13:58

    This is not about a strike nothing to do about R150 pd, they want to take the farmers land.

      khaudi.motaung - 2012-12-03 15:03

      Hey Mr if you think they want to take farmers land you are becuase you know exactly that land belong to the blacks

  • Kenna - 2012-12-03 15:18

    As a non-farmer, I have been viewing these comments about mechanisation with distrust. However, today I did a simple search online and there were so many options! Here is one just to do with vineyards: Whatever, this domestic terrorism needs to end. If someone does not want a government-legislated minimum wage job, move over - there are others who do. Failing which, I can bet money that the farmers will mechanise. Who is the loser then?

  • khaudi.motaung - 2012-12-03 15:31

    Bathong ntho engwe le engwe mona Mzani e lokiswa ke strike. Ka 1994 re lwanetse tokolloho batho ba lahlehelwa ke maphelo. Jwale wena o wara haba tshisetse masimo. Otla etsang ka R69. Wena o nahanang hore batho bana ba lwanela hore masimo ao ebe a bona. Hantlentle kea bona jwalokaha le bajele ona atla kgutlela ho bona

  • erica.scheepers.9 - 2012-12-03 15:37

    En toe was die Suidlanders reg , hulle het gese die Strike's gaan al hoe meer en al hoe meer geweldadig word

  • willemien.meadon - 2012-12-03 15:45

    Al weer meer gesinne wat nie werk het nie en gaan steel en MOOR vir geld! Cry, my belowerd country. Jy kan hulle leer lees en skryf...maar daar is GEEN PILLE vir my voorvaders eerder Brazil toe getrek het...rassisme is MEER daar, het 2,5 jaar daar gebly... My Pa het damme gebou, nou vernietrig..plase deur my oupas opgebou, Cry, Cry...

  • sarel.claassens.3 - 2012-12-03 16:24

    If I was a farmer I would have look at my total picture, see what areas cost me more than what they bring in and stop that. Look at the workers and what they are doing and what they are worth. I will keep the workers that bring in money and the other ones will have to look for another job elswhere. I will also start to mechanized more and not stopping doing that. Stop everything that was for "free".

  • alananthonygreen - 2012-12-03 17:20

    Cosatu scumbags

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-03 17:31

    What was that went past? a bullet with the name 'irresponsible tony' on it maybe?

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-12-03 21:20

    Tony Ehrenreich fans the unrest as hard as he possibly can. He will do anything he can to give the DA Provincial Government a hard time. He is not a stupid man and knows very well that the poverty and concommitant low skills/poor wages/tough-life situation cannot be solved with any political wand. What an immoral and dirty game he plays. Let us hope he loses.

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