14 January 2013
farmworkers` strike continued today in De Doorns and other areas in the Western
The Building and
Allied Workers Union of SA called for farmeworkers in other provinces to join
the strike in the Western Cape.
The workers are
demanding a daily wage of a R150 from R69 and better working conditions.
Pieterse said more workers needed to join the strike.
Last week, the
industrial action became violent when workers allegedly started looting shops
and barricading roads.
Meanwhile the labour department has extended its public hearings for the
review of farmworker minimum wages - to take place across the Province.
The hearings are scheduled to start
this evening and spread to Tuesday evening as well.
Western Cape Police have been
deployed in the areas that are affected by strike, since the beginning.
Police Spokesperson Captain November
Filander said 39 people were arrested in different today following the burning
Filander adds that the roads that
were closed earlier, have been re-opened to traffic.
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