Minimum Wage Increased by 52% After a Two-Week Strike

South African labor minister, Mildred Oliphant, stated that South Africa has agreed to increase the daily wage of farm workers by 52%.

After a two-week strike in January, 2013 in the Western Cape, the minimum wage is being raised from $8.00 to $12.00. The famers had demanded $17.00 claiming that with the current wages they are no longer able to support their families.
The Western Cape is home of approximately 3,000 seasonal farm workers picking and packing fruit, meaning that they do not have a guaranteed income through out the year.

Although the workers were successful in obtaining a wage increase, both employers and employees fear that the increase in wages will eventually cause job loss with the increased burden of fuel and electricity prices on the employers.

Farm Worker on the Western Cape

Farm Worker on the Western Cape

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