Farm worker civil rights education programme


Phuhlisani was appointed in January 2010 to design and deliver a pilot series of workshops for farm workers in the Worcester, Stellenbosch, Wellington, Ceres and Ashtom areas of the Cape Winelands District Municipality.

  • Workshop 1 focused on the sectoral determination which regulates minimum wages and deductions allowable in terms of labour law
  • Workshop 2  focused on the conditions which must be met for a dismissal to be fair, unfair dsmissals and what to do about them and the functioning of the CCMA
  • Workshop 3 focused on the rights of occupiers in terms of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act

The programme ended on Satuday 5th June 2010 with a Focus on Farm Workers Open Day which was well attended and provided a space for farm workers from different areas to meet with each other and to engage with a wide range of public and private development actors providing services targeted at farm workers and dwellers. See our front page for a full report.

The Cape Winelands subsequently put out a tender for a three year programme to consolidate the pilot. Phuhlisani put in a bid and was appointed for the second phase.

The 2011 13 programme aims to promote dialogue between key roleplayers in the agricultural sector. Key outputs of the current programme which runs between 01 Feb 2010 through to 30th June 2013 include:

  • the establishment of farm worker forums in each local municipality which bring together workers organised by different groupings to co-ordinate activities which promote farmworker interests and development;
  • the development of accessible learning materials for farm workers and employers on key features of relevant policy and legislation including the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, (No. 16 of 1997) the Prevention of Illegal Occupation from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act (No.19 of 1998), the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (No. 75 of 1997) the Sectoral Determination governing the remuneration and conditions of employment on farms
  • delivery of two workshops for farm workers in each in the following areas making a total of 10 per annum and 30 over the three year contract period
  • sessions for employers in the District following liaison with AWK and local farmers associations to determine appropriate focus and needs organisation
  • facilitation of an annual Farm Workers Open Day which brings together farm workers, employers and organisations providing services to rural communities for mutual discussion of issues and collaboration for on and off farm development which benefit farm workers and dwellers design 
  •  facilitation of roundtable key issues dialogue sessions for key stakeholders in the agricultural sector in the CWDM to constructively discuss key issues of concern to  workers and employers.


Making the point
Making the point
The characteristics of an empowered farm worker
The characteristics of an empowered farm worker
Discussing civil rights
Discussing civil rights
Claud Woodman
Claud Woodman
Posted: 6/8/2010 (3:28:07 AM)

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