HRW report a vindication – FAWU/COSATU

Federation/Union says WCape farmworkers are not getting the protection they are entitled to

Exploitation of wine and fruit workers exposed

The false argument that South African workers are “over-protected by inflexible labour laws”, which is constantly being repeated by business leaders and commentators, without a shred of evidence to back it up, has been dealt a body-blow by a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on the conditions of workers in the Western Cape wine and fruit industries.

The report – Ripe with Abuse: Human Rights Conditions in South Africa’s Fruit and Wine Industries“, based on more than 260 interviews with farm workers, farm owners, civil society members, industry representatives, government officials, lawyers, union officials, and academic expertsreveals that these workers are certainly not ‘over-protected’ but grossly exploited.

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