JOHANNESBURG - The Food and Allied Workers' Union (FAWU) in KwaZulu-Natal said on Thursday it was "extremely concerned" about the plight of farm workers amid the prospect of looming retrenchments in the sugar industry.
Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett confirmed last week that retrenchment letters had been issued to their employees as part of a restructuring process which will affect about 5,000 employees.
Hulett said permanent and temporary employees across Tongaat Hulett operations in six Southern African Development Community countries would be affected.
The sugar industry is facing serious challenges as it is planning to retrench workers from farms and millings at both Illovo and Hulett.
Earlier this year, the South African Canegrowers Association met with the trade and industry portfolio committee to raise concerns about the crisis in the sugar industry.