During the second week of November the Hex River Valley was hit by unexpected politically motivated labour strikes and after a week most of the 95% of permanent workers resident on farms are now back at work and completing the essential production practices as required. Seasonal workers have also been returning to work through the course of the week. And by Friday 15th November the situation has largely normalised.
Exsa growers have been blessed as although the strikes were accompanied by large-scale intimidation and vandalism, only negligible damage has been sustained by our growers. Most of the trouble was caused by individuals or groups that are not workers but have distinct political agendas. These groups set impossible wage demands in order to stir trouble. It was an uncertain period for growers and their workers and it has left all the residents of our valley somewhat shaken.
The good relationship that we maintain with our workers has won the day and in general both parties are relieved to be able to get on with business as usual and the job at hand. Our vineyards are looking good and we have a crop with great potential developing on our vines.