Solidarity: Workers on Hydro Wine Estate forced to leave farm in 10 days

30 07 2009

Note by AEC: Members of the Anti-Eviction Campaign joined Sikhula Sonke today in their picket of Stellenbosch wine farms that have been treating their workers badly.  We were very horrified by the stories we heard.  The AEC is in full solidarity with the farmworkers and support’s Sikhula Sonke’s action to prevent the continued eviction of farm workers especially when they are bribed to leave their homes.

MEDIA RELEASE – 30 July 2009
Farm workers on Hydro forced to leave farm before or on 8 August 2009
Sikhula Sonke members embark on a stay over at Hydro Wine Estate and Spa, Thursday 30 July 09.

Workers on Hydro were offered R50 000 to leave the farm before the 8th of August 2009. Workers are living in the most appalling conditions and Hydro Management refuse to do something about it. They want people to leave the farm to upgrade the farm houses for tourist accommodation.3 families have left the farm already, others are saying where would I find a home for R50 000. Hydro is the only home we know.

Sikhula Sonke and its members will open the homes of the families who left tonight and occupy it till the morning, when we will hand over a memorandum to the Company at 9h00.

The public and media are invited to attend the occupation or handover of the memorandum to the Management of Hydro on Friday at 9h00.

The rally is organised by the farm worker trade union, Sikhula Sonke.

For more information please contact:

Sikhula Sonke General Secretary Wendy Pekeur on 021 8833180 or 083 285 1729 or Lettie Louw (Hydro Farm) at 0780657177

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