The Guardian UK is reporting that striking workers in South Africa are pleading with foreign customers to not buy wines from that country until they can earn higher wages. Here’s a clip:
Outside the tiny public library, a dozen striking grape pickers wait for a meeting called by their employer. “He wants to force us back to work,” says one woman. “We are hungry but we will wait for a better wage,” says another employee of Keurboschkloof farm.
After trouble in South African labour relations last year led to a two-month violent standoff in the mining sector, the country’s economy is now under pressure from a stop-start farm labourers’ strike in the £850m-a-year fruit and wine sector. Since November, low-skilled workers demanding a pay increase to 150 rand a day (£10.65) have clashed with police and been arrested in their hundreds. Amid allegations of excessive police force, three have died.