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Fyffes 'Poisons 13 Women'

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

 

‘GANGSTER CAPITALISTS’ FYFFES ‘POISON 13 WOMEN ON HONDURAS MELON PLANTATION’

What guarantees do British consumers at Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and others have that Fyffes bananas and pineapples aren't covered in the same pesticides and conceal the same inhuman farming practices asks GMB?

Tropical fruit giant Fyffes has poisoned 13 women working on one of their melon plantations, it is claimed.

Honduran trade union STAS, who are fighting for workers' rights in Fyffes' plantations report the women became ill after inhaling toxic chemicals while working in a hazardous area without personal protection equipment. [1]

After the women developed symptoms of toxic poisoning, STAS requested an inspection from the local Ministry of Labour in Choluteca.

An inspector duly visited the site but did not even interview those affected.

Ireland-based multinational Fyffes continues to breach Honduran labour law with impunity, threatens workers who dare to speak out against the company, refuses to speak to their union and is intent on forming a rival 'yellow' union with the connivance of the illegitimate Honduran government.

They will not even divulge what type of chemicals are in use, thus making it even more difficult to treat the victims of their negligence.

None of this seems to prevent them from being members of the Ethical Trading Initiative.

Fyffes is a major supplier of bananas and pineapples to major UK retailers including Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Lidl, M&S, Superdrug, Poundland, Boots and Asda.

Bert Schouwenburg, GMB International Officer, said:

"Once again Ireland-based gangster capitalists Fyffes have shown utter contempt for their workers by deploying them in areas where they could be affected by noxious chemicals.

“The report from their trade union, STAS, paints a disturbing picture of a company that feels it can act with complete impunity and treat its employees as little more than slaves.

“Fyffes is a major supplier of bananas and pineapples to the UK, Irish and other European markets but supermarket buyers show little interest in their appalling practices, and point to the fact that the company, disgracefully, still has the Ethical Trade Initiative seal of approval.

"If this is the way Fyffes treats melon farmers and the produce they grow, what guarantees do British consumers at Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and others have that Fyffes bananas and pineapples aren't covered in the same pesticides and conceal the same inhuman farming practices?"

ENDS

Contact: Bert Schouwenburg on 07974 251764 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07970 863411 or 07974 251823.

Notes to Editors:

[1] Contact GMB press office for a copy of the report


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