Fawu workers strike turns violent

Police have been deployed to keep an eye on the wage protest as protestors barricade roads with burning tyres.

Fawu workers barricade the road with burning tyres. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police are keeping a watchful eye on hundreds of Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) members on strike in Ceres.

The demonstrators are demanding a 12% increase from Ceres Fruit Growers which has been offering six percent.

The striking employees have braved the chilly and wet weather to demonstrate outside the company's gates.

The road was barricaded with several burning tyres.

#Ceres more tyres added to burning rubble in middle of the road. SS pic.twitter.com/yKs8VEwkLL

At least half a dozen police vehicles have been dispatched to the protest.

WATCH police have been dispatched to #Ceres amid strike outside Ceres Fruit Growers. SS pic.twitter.com/zKvDUhwmuX

Striking workers say they downed tools on Tuesday afternoon in a bid for higher wages.

They say the average income of R400 a week after deductions is not enough.