10 January, 2013
BFAP REPORT ENTITLED "FARM SECTORAL
DETERMINATION: AN ANALYSIS OF AGRICULTURAL WAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA"
Please find attached for your
information a copy of the abovementioned report which was undertaken by the
Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) following labour unrest in De
Doorns last year which was accompanied by demands for a minimum wage of R150.00
per day, in order to "provide
the salient factual background that will enable the responsible parties to make
well-informed decisions about these weighty matters".
Report makes for interesting although somewhat depressing reading -
members are particularly encouraged to read Chapter 7 (The Farmers vs.
Workers' Dilemma) and Chapter 8 (Synthesis - which in essence
includes the entire executive summary). One of the main conclusions of
the Report is that the Agricultural Sector will gradually
higher wages by initiating structural changes in the way it operates (e.g.
mechanisation). There will, therefore, not be a sudden or dramatic
change. Another thing that the Report emphasises is that the current
policy framework within which the Sector operates falls woefully short of
meeting the needs of both farmers and their workers, both permanent nor
(especially) seasonal and that this needs addressing.
will be kept informed of further developments regarding the negations between
the parties to try and resolve the ongoing problem in the Western Cape.
Download full PDF document: BFAP farm sector determination report draft 17 Dec