Non-striking farmworkers fear reprisals

The protest turned violent on Monday when strikers caused chaos, setting a truck alight.

Striking Sandrivier Estate workers torched a truck on 11 November 2013. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A number of Western Cape farmworkers employed at a company at the centre of a labour dispute on Tuesday say they fear for their lives.

Hundreds of labourers at Sandrivier Estate in Wellington have downed tools.

The Building and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Bawusa) accused owners of making "unlawful deductions" and changing conditions of employment "unilaterally".

The protest turned violent on Monday when strikers caused chaos, setting a truck alight.

There is now extra security at the Sandrivier Estate farm.

Farm manager Stephan Strauss says more than 250 employees did not pitch for work on Tuesday morning.

A few workers did go to work despite threats made by striking colleagues.