_: The increase would jeopardise labour relations, cause a reduction in the agriculture sector work force, and create a climate for inflation which would affect consumers, TAU SA said in a statement.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced yesterday that a new minimum wage of R105 a day for farmworkers — up from R69 a day — would take effect from March 1.
TAU SA said the increase was a result of undue pressure and intimidation by seasonal workers, and said it created a precedent for future action in other sectors.
This would jeopardise labour relations.
By approving increases in minimum wages, and the cost of electricity and fuel, the government was helping to create a climate for inflation, which would ultimately have a negative effect on consumers.