Striking Ceres Fruit workers demand 12% wage increase

Last week hundreds of employees from Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG), one of South Africa’s biggest apple and pear packaging and storage companies, went on strike demanding higher wages.

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Today (15 September) Farmer’s Weekly confirmed that the strike is expected to continue this week. 

Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) spokesperson Dominique Martin told Farmer’s Weekly that CFG is offering a wage increase of 7,5% across the board as well as a R1 000 once-off profit share amount for all employees.

However, Martin said the offer is not sufficient. “We’re asking for a 12,5% increase. In monetary terms this amounts to a R114 increase a month,” she said.

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After repeated attempts CFG could still not be reached for comment.