Farm workers prepare for general strike

Farm workers demands were on display at the recent Right2Know vigil in Cape Town. Photo by Kate Stegeman.

Tessa Gooding

28 November 2012

The Commercial Stevedoring Agricultural & Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) is preparing for a general strike from 4 December.

CSSAWU, Mawubuye Land Rights Forum and other organisations will be holding a mass meeting in Ashton on 2 December. They are preparing for a general agricultural strike until their demands are met.

In November, farm workers in different areas of the Western Cape went on strike. According to a press statement released by CSAAWU today, ”This was a spontaneous strike driven by workers on the ground in response to decades of brutality at the hands of farmers, and a government that has thus far refused to listen to workers and transform the rural landscape characterised by dependency master-slave relations.”

CSSAWU, a coalition of farmworker organisations and AWETUC (an agricultural trade union coalition) have given the government until 4 December to meet their demands. These include a wage of R150 per day and improvements in living and working conditions.