Workers from Ceres Fruit on strike

Hundreds of employees from Ceres Fruit Growers, one of South Africa’s biggest apple and pear packaging and storage companies, have gone on strike demanding higher wages.

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The workers, who are members of The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), want a 12% wage increase and profit sharing all workers. They say that their average income of R400/week, after deductions, is not good enough.

Fawu spokesperson Dominique Martin told the media that the company can afford workers’ demands: “Workers feel that this was a good harvest and they deserve a proper increase.”

The Ceres Fruit Growers Company could not be reached for comment, but Farmer’s Weekly will bring you the latest news on this story as it happens.

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