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handshake thumb medium90 90GroundUp reports that workers in the Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape called off their strike on Thursday after reaching an agreement with their employers.  

The strike started last week with workers, most of whom were earning R16,80 an hour, demanding a minimum wage of R20 an hour.  Thursday’s agreement was facilitated by the Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reforms, Xolile Nqatha.  On Thursday, the Sunday’s River Valley Citrus Producers Forum agreed to pay a minimum wage of R20 per hour‚ for two years‚ effective from 7 June‚ 2018.  Chairman of the forum, Hannes de Waal, said the forum regretted the violence and damage to the farms, but looked forward to “welcoming all our workers back to the farms tomorrow‚ Friday‚ 8 June.”  He noted that the new statutory minimum wage for farm workers - to be effective soon - was R18 an hour but citrus workers had demanded the national minimum hourly wage of R20 recently passed by Parliament.  On Friday last week, police arrested seven people in Kirkwood.  On Tuesday night protesters burned three tractors and a farm store‚ also in Kirkwood.  Police have arrested three suspects.

  • Read this report by Joseph Chirume in full at GroundUp

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