Cape Town - It was a sea of red in Voortrekker Road in Ceres on Wednesday when about 500 members from the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) marched to the Witzenberg municipality to hand over two memorandums – to the Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG) and the Department of Labour.
Wearing their red T-shirts, they demanded that the department send inspectors to CFG to see the terrible working conditions in the factories.
CFG is one of the country’s largest apple and pear packing and storage facilities. On its website it states that they are a significant employer of choice in the valley.
Supported by the ANC, the United Front (UF) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), they barricaded the entrance of the CFG premises with burning tyres before proceeding down the one-way Voortrekker Road, bringing traffic to a standstill.