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SACP Eastern Cape welcomes resolution of Kirkwood wage strike

Jun 8, 2018
SACP Eastern Cape welcomes resolution of Kirkwood wage strike

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Friday said that it notes and welcomes the resolution of the impasse between workers and employers in the Sundays River Valley citrus farms.

"The SACP is pleased with the resolution of the matter as it averted what was beginning to be a volatile situation owing to the exploitation of farm workers and their just demand for decent salaries," said Siyabonga Mdodi, SACP Provincial Spokesperson.

"It is important that learning from this situation farmers should adhere to the sectoral determination in relation to salaries and conditions of service.

"We welcome all efforts in averting what could have been a catastrophic situation as there was already damage to property, burning of three tractors, a fruit shop, etc."

Mdodi said that the successful efforts in quelling the situation were led by the Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Honourable Xolile Nqatha and the structures of the revolutionary alliance.

"We salute the leadership of Comrade Xolile Nqatha, who is ?also our Provincial Secretary, who dropped everything and went to the area to lead the negotiation table. It has always been our call that all leaders should put the service to the people at the epicentre of all their government activism," he described.

"As the SACP, we fully support genuine struggles of the workers, organised and unorganised in fighting for decent wages. It is in this context that we call on people and workers to avoid acts of violence, damage to property, closing of schools, which deny the working class children their precious right to education and closure of healthcare facilities, which puts the lives of the people at risk during mass actions," he added.

"It is our considered view that these acts can only serve to delegitimise genuine demands of the people in each epoch, they can only serve to immobili?se the people in pledging solidarity with the workers or community that is in mass action."