The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West has received complaints from farm workers in the area of Kgetleng municipality known as Koster and Ventersdorp that they are facing alleged racial discrimination during working hours led by white farmers.
It is reported that over one hundred farm workers in the area of Rietfontein were involved in a tractor accident last week and all of them are seriously injured, with some admitted in the Koster hospital and others are transferred to the George Mokgari hospital in Ga Rankuwa.
All those workers are allegedly subjected to attacks by their own farmers, who continue making allegedly racist utterances by calling them lsquobaboons’, and lsquodogs’ during working hours.
These incidences took place on the 20th April 2015 and the matter has not been reported to the police and to the Labour Department.
Many workers get injured on duty and such incidences are not reported as per the labour legislation in the Koster area.
In the same area, two workers died due to the same accident during working hours and the employer refused to bury the poor workers.
In Ventersdorp, farm workers are treated very badly by farmers worker gets injured during working hours, with no recourse.
We call on all farm workers to report cases as soon as they happen, and stop reporting cases of racism after a month such ill-treatment have occurred.
Farm workers and farm dwellers must know what are their rights they must refuse to work in an unsafe work places.
The COSATU Provincial Secretary is visiting the family and the farmers jointly with the Labour Inspectors today, Thursday, the 7th May 2015 from 12h00.
We call media people, including the SAPS to join us in that pain full visit to the workers and their families.
More information call:
Cde Solly Phetoe
COSATU North West Provincial Secretary
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions