Fawu workers to march to Ceres Fruit Growers offices

Hundreds of workers are demanding a wage hike, despite the company claiming it cannot afford it.

FILE: Last week workers barricaded the road with burning tyres. They are demanding a 12 percent increase from Ceres Fruit Growers. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of striking Ceres Fruit Growers workers remain steadfast in their demands for a 12 percent wage hike, despite the company claiming it cannot afford it.

It has offered employees a 7,5 percent increase and said the increase is fair given the current economic climate.

The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) has now threatened further mass action if workers' demands are not met.

Fawu says it has mobilised residents in Ceres and surrounding towns to support striking members.

It will be marching to the company today.

The company has also promised workers a bonus which it says will be payable in December.

Last week, striking employees braved the chilly and wet weather to demonstrate outside the company's gates.

The road was barricaded with several burning tyres.

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