Union leaders have already warned they will not be able to control the strike, which is expected to attract mostly non-union members.
Cosatu provincial leader Tony Ehrenreich said: "Cosatu can’t call an end to this strike because these are not our workers. We are staring at a Marikana situation where workers are acting on their own."
The strike is due to
begin at a critical time when table-grape farmers around Paarl and
stone-fruit farmers from Ceres will start harvesting.
Farm workers staged strikes last year following work stoppages in the
platinum and transportation industries. They suspended their strikes in
December after vineyards and warehouses were set on fire and at least
two workers died in clashes with police.
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