Farmworkers – Are they getting the necessary support and protection from state Institutions?

 Workers On Wednesday 27 October 2016
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
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Like the mining industry, the agricultural sector was at the heart of the Apartheid system and its economy. Black farmworkers were treated like slaves and at the mercy of ruthless and racist white farmer owners. At the same time farmworkers were too weak to organise themselves into strong trade unions due to their conditions. However, Cosatu and other trade unions did campaign vigorously in defence of farmworkers and ensured that they at least enjoyed some protection in South Africa’s labour laws. However, according to research and other reports, farm workers’ conditions have not improved much and in some respects are even worse than before democracy.

In the show we discuss the conditions of farmworkers, focusing on the role of legislation and state agencies in enforcing farmworkers’ rights

Solly Phetoe
Deputy General Secretary

Gushwell Brooks
Media Officer
SA Human Rights Commission
Department of Labour

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