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Low pay for Gauteng farm workers

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Minimum wages for farm workers are lower than those recommended by the Department of Labour’s sectoral determinations and in some instances workers are given food by employers to supplement their meagre earnings. Where they are not given food but have access, like from the fields, some workers take food home, write Edward Webster, Mbuso Nkosi, Debbie Budlender, Lelanie Williams and Mark Orkin in a study titled: ‘You entered through that gate and you will leave through that gate: the decent work deficit for Gauteng’s farm workers’.

Decent work themes for Gauteng farm workers

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In a study ‘You entered through that gate and you will leave through that gate’: The decent work deficit for Gauteng’s farmworkers’, by Edward Webster, Mbuso Nkosi, Debbie Budlender, Lelanie Williams and Mark Orkin, which we published in the October/ November 2013 issue, some of the highlights of the study were decent work themes. In this issue the writers explore the themes of employment opportunity, stability and security at work.

No decent work for Gauteng farm workers

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Living and working conditions for farm workers in Gauteng province are a far cry from what can be described as decent work. Findings of research by Edward Webster, Mbuso Nkosi, Debbie Budlender, Lelanie Williams and Mark Orkin paint a bleak picture.

You entered & will leave through that gate

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Farms still remain workplaces where precarious working conditions are the order of the day. Mbuso Nkosi writes that farm workers mainly work on seasonal or casual contracts. Such conditions allow farmers to easily dismiss them.Unions also find it difficult to organise on farms and this explains why the level of unionisation, at 3%, is very low.

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