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Ceres Fruit Growers Co remain silent over strike

Hundreds of disgruntled workers protested and have demanded a 12 percent wage increase.

Fawu workers barricade the road with burning tyres. They are demanding a 12 percent increase from Ceres Fruit Growers which has been offering six percent.Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Ceres Fruit Growers Company has yet to make any public statements amid a strike.

Hundreds of members of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) have downed tools demanding higher wages.

Yesterday, they burned tyres and rubble outside the factory as they demanded higher wages.

Besides a 12 percent wage increase, striking workers are also calling for a slice of the company's profits.

"We'll tell them that at least they must give us a slice of cake that they are getting, the profit sharing. They say no, there's no profit sharing."

Fawu Spokesperson Dominique Martin says the company can afford workers' demands.

"Workers feel that this was a good harvest and they deserve a proper increase."

Repeated attempts by Eyewitness News to get comment from the company have failed.

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

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