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Traditional leaders intervene to resolve the Umbhaba farm strike

8 December 2015

The strike by more than 3 500 farm workers at Umbhaba Estate in the Nkomazi Municipality in Mpumalanga has entered its second month.

The strike started on the 4th November as a result of the refusal by the employer to recognise the Food and Allied Workers Union as a Union of choice by the workers.

The freedom of choice and association is a constitutional as well as the basic labour right of every employee in an organization. Both the Labour Relations Acts and Constitution of this country determines that every employee has the right to participate in forming a trade union and to join a trade union of his or her choice.

Both COSATU and FAWU in Mpumalanga vow to fight in defense of this right till the last drop of blood. The employer's claim is that he has already dismissed +300 workers for participating in the strike without subjecting them to the disciplinary processes.

COSATU has already mobilized the Alliance, traditional leaders, civil society organizations, business community and the different spheres of government behind the plight of the striking farm workers.

On Thursday, the 10th December 2015, the traditional leaders from the Nkomazi Municipality will meet with the employer in trying to find a solution to the month long strike.

The media is invited to a briefing after the meeting at the following venue;

Venue: Hectorspruit Disaster Management Office

Time: 14h00

Date: 10th December 2015

The media is also invited to a mother of all battles protest march to the Umbhaba Estate on the 15th December 2015 at 10h00 at the Umbhaba Estate Farm.

The purpose of the protest march is to receive the response to the memorandum of demands delivered to the employer on the 30th November 2015.

Issued by COSATU Mpumalanga

For more information contact:

Fidel Mlombo
COSATU Mpumalanga Provincial Secretary
Cell: 082715699 or 0795110947