Fawu strike continues in Ceres

Striking farm workers are demanding a 12 percent wage increase.

Striking FAWU members barricade the road with burning tyres. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Ceres Fruit Growers says a strike by its employees has escalated to crisis proportions.

More than 1,000 workers downed tools almost two weeks ago demanding a 12 percent wage increase.

The company is adamant it can only afford a 7.5 percent wage hike.

Ceres Fruit Growers also condemned the incident in which their packing material building was burned down allegedly by striking workers.

The company claims the building burnt to the ground after stone-throwing protesters prevented it from being extinguished.

In a statement, Managing Director Francois Malan says strikers also destroyed a concrete boundary fence.

Malan says operations at the company have now come to a complete standstill.

The strike continues.