Thursday, 29 November 2012

More Violent Protests Expected On WC Farms


Farmers should be prepared for further wage strikes from December 4, warns Cornie Swart , president of Agri Western Cape.

After the wage trial of the Department of Labour in Worcester, Swart urged farmers to prepare themselves for further wage strikes from that date. At the hearing for employers, the hall was full of farmers from as far as Vredendal, Stellenbosch and Ceres.

Tony Ehrenreich is not very clever


"Before we leave this hall today, we want to know what the Department of Labor is going to do about December 4," Swart said, followed by applause from the audience

Mr. Thembinkosi Mkalipi of the Department of Labor has on more than one occasion, however, made ​​it clear that his department's activities have nothing to do with December 4. The last public hearings will take place on the 13th of December in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

One of the farmers stated that he had the capacity to realize a net farm income of about R7000 per ha in an average year. "My wage expense in the same year is about R7000 per ha. A 100% wage increase means that I will have no net farm income and therefore I can't afford any investment, expansion or development. "

Ehrenreich warns about strikes


Adjustments of the sectoral minimum wage can only occur if all of these trials have been completed, but the Western Cape leader of Cosatu, Mr. Tony Ehrenreich, said that the striking workforce were expecting a final answer on a new minimum wage by December 4. "Otherwise the strike will be resumed with more intensity," Ehrenreich warned in the second week of the initial strike.

Tony Ehrenreich causes mayhem in the Cape


A farmer from the Koue Bokkeveld  told Landbouweekblad after the completion of the trial that the uncertainty around December 4 does nothing good for the discussions or the disposition of the parties involved. "Everyone is nervous and the uncertainty just makes all the players unwilling to commit themselves to a solution to the dispute. However, we hear that the most recent talks between the unions and the representatives of organized labor ended positively, so we will continue to hope for a peaceful solution."

The second week of riots on farms in the Western Cape forced farmers to make investments of a different nature. Thousands of rands are spent on private security guards, private helicopters and patrol vehicles to secure farms.

These companies are particularly visible in the Ceres and Koue Bokkeveld area where many fire damage to farmlands, orchards, implements, tractors and buildings are done, as well as in the De Doorns area.

The safety of the inhabitants on farms in the Western Cape has suddenly become a luxury.



Tony Ehrenreich incites violence in the Western Cape South Africa

"This strike... can set back labor relations on farms by decades and could see a reversal to the low-level civil war we all witnessed on farms a few weeks ago." - Tony Ehrenreich

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