CARUTHERS, Calif. (AP) -- About 50 farmworkers who were fired by a Fresno County grape grower last week when they demanded higher wages are back on the job with a promise of higher pay.

The state Agricultural Labor Relations Board says the group of indigenous Mexican migrants had been earning less than the minimum wage -- with some earning as little as $2.00 per hour -- for tying and pruning grapevines.

H&R Gundlund Ranches Inc. offered to rehire the workers at a higher piece rate than before the workers were fired.

The board will review two unfair labor practice charges filed by the nonprofit California Rural Legal Assistance and issue a decision at a later date. The Caruthers-based company did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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