Bitter South African grapes

empty-shelves-where-the-robertson-wine-should-have-been-in-danish-supermarket-min-kobmand-in-november-photo-peter-kenworthyA 14 week strike against Robertson Winery in the Western Cape over poor pay and work conditions ended in November, forcing the Western Cape government to investigate apartheid-like conditions at several South African wineries.

Monthly salaries below the South African minimum wage of 2778 rand (=160 £). Falling ill from using dangerous pesticides without training or protective gear. Being fired for being a member of a union or complaining. Apartheid-like racism and lack of government protection. Read more of this post

Sydafrikanske vinarbejdere stopper strejke

robertson-strike_bSydafrikanske vinarbejdere på Robertson Winery er nået til enighed med deres arbejdsgiver, og har stoppet deres 14 uger lange strejke. De fik en mindre lønstigning end de havde håbet, men er kommet styrket ud af strejken, siger deres fagforening CSAAWU.

Vinarbejdernes krav om en mindsteløn på 8500 rand (cirka 4000 kroner) om måneden, blev ikke imødekommet. Men ifølge deres fagforening, Commercial Stevedoring and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU), er de alligevel forholdsmæssigt tilfredse Read more of this post

Nye beviser på svigt i sydafrikansk vinindustri

bitre-druer-blogTom Heinemanns dokumentar, Bitre Druer – slaveri i vinmarken, har skabt overskrifter over hele verden. Lokalregeringen i Western Cape-provinsen har nu selv undersøgt forholdene på nogle af farmene, og kræver forbedrede arbejdsforhold for vinarbejderne.

Fem vinfarme i Robertson og Drakenstein-området er blevet bedt af Western Cape-regeringen om, inden for tres dage, at rette op på forhold, der er i strid med sydafrikansk lov. Hvis ikke dette sker, vil de kunne retsforfølges. Read more of this post

Denmark’s largest supermarket chain ditches Robertson Winery

screenhunter_4167-nov-04-15-54Denmark’s largest supermarket chain, Coop, stated Thursday that they have stopped selling wine from South African Robertson Winery in their Fakta-supermarkets across the border in neighbouring Germany.

Wine from Robertson Winery has also been removed from rivalling supermarket chain, Dagrofa, after the Danish documentary “Bitter Grapes” revealed salaries below the South African minimum wage and indecent working conditions at Robertson. Read more of this post

Coop dropper også Robertson Winery

robertson_smCoop meddelte onsdag, at de fremover ikke vil sælge sydafrikansk vin fra kontroversielle Robertson Winery i deres tyske grænsehandelsforretninger, Fakta Tyskland. Butikkerne har blandt andet Robertson-vin på tilbud i deres tilbudsavis for uge 43-45.

Vin fra Robertson Winery er også blevet fjernet fra hylderne hos konkurrenten Dagrofa, der driver Meny, Kiwi, Spar, Let-Køb og Min Købmand, efter at underbetaling og dårlige arbejdsforhold blev afsløret i Tom Heinemanns dokumentar ”Bitre Druer”, der blev vist på DR2 den 20. oktober. Read more of this post

Striking South African farm labourers could go to prison

csaawu-in-front-of-labour-court-in-cape-town26 months in prison for the leaders of the union and a fine of 500,000 rand for the union, or about ten years’ salary for a farm worker at Robertson Winery. This might be the result of a court case between the farm workers union CSAAWU and the wine company.

The farm workers at Robertson Winery have been on strike for over 2 months, demanding a living wage and decent working conditions. Read more of this post

Bitter grapes from South Africa

house-of-farm-worker-smallThe new Danish documentary, Bitter Grapes, reveals apartheid-like conditions in the South African wine industry.

Vineyards in the beautiful Western Cape. Delicious looking red wine poured into a glass. Happy consumers shopping for wine in supermarkets. Then the image changes to the conditions of the farm workers and the contrast is immense. Read more of this post