ANC helps workers who allege they were paid R7 per week

ANC helps workers who allege they were paid R7 per week

31 January 2001

ANC members in Piketberg and Worcester are assisting 20 Karoo workers who allege that they were recruited by a labour broker in Worcester to work on a farm in Piketberg where they were paid R7 per week after deductions.

This was in breach of the contract signed with the broker. The workers have pay slips to back up their allegations.

Yesterday the workers walked off the farm, Moutonshoek, near Piketberg and took their problem to the advice office. They were assisted with transport to Worcester where ANC councillors assisted in organizing accommodation in the town hall.

This morning the 20 workers plan to protest at the home of the labour broker, Mr Theuns Botha, who they allege misled them in regard to working conditions.

They will also visit the Department of Labour to lay a complaint in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. The workers are stranded in Worcester and are demanding that Mr Botha provides transport to take them to their homes in Beaufort West, Colesberg and Richmond.

Mr Ebrahim Rasool, ANC provincial leader said:

"We need a full investigation into what has happened here. Our constituency offices continue to receive regular reports about the ongoing abuse of workers on farms. The practices of some labour brokers are often in blatant disregard of our labour law.

"I want to commend our members for coming to the assistance of the workers. It is this type of compassion and selfless commitment which shows that the ANC is committed to equality and ending exploitation. Once again the silence of the DA government in the Western Cape is deafening."

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

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