Striking foresters burn down plantations

A wage dispute between Komatiland Forests (KLF) and their employees has led to the decimation of over 600ha of trees after strikers allegedly set fire to plantations.

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The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU), who represents the workers, is demanding a 15% wage increase, while KLF is offering 8%. Over 1500 workers are involved in the strike at all three of KLF’s plantations in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal and the company fears that more hectares could be burnt.

Read the full story in the 20 July issue of FW.