12 March 2013
The Democratic Alliance said the
amount of allocations received by the Department of Labour, should serve as a
forewarning of the possible consequences if no plan is put in place to address
job shedding in the agricultural sector.
This follows reports from the
Department of Labour that over 918 farmers applied to employ foreigners.
DA’s Shadow Minister of Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries Annette Steyn said that this motion followed that 900
farmers applied for exemption from paying the minimum wage of R105.
“The DA is aware that there could be
up to 30% of farmworkers losing their jobs in the next 2 years if we do not
look at something that would assist farmworkers” Steyn added.
Labels: Over 900 farmers apply for exemption from R105 minimum wage