New Threats Over S.A. Vineyard Strikes (by

Posted: November 29, 2012 by Johan Botha in Farms, Labour, South Africa, Wine, World wine news
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Farm labourers striking in the Western Cape, South Africa.


South Africa’s government says next week’s deadline set by vineyard workers for a wage increase will not be met, leading unions to warn of more violence and death.


Labor minister Mildred Oliphant said any increase in the workers’ minimum wage could not take place until April. “The deadline of the fourth of December, 2012, is practically impossible to achieve,” she declared.

Workers near Cape Town have vowed to resume protests if their daily minimum pay is not more than doubled to 150 rand ($17) by Tuesday.

The country’s biggest labor group, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), quickly warned that the delay could fuel protests that carried “real dangers of violence and death.” It added that… read on

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