‘GANGSTER CAPITALISTS’ FYFFES SACK AND BLACKLIST 1,000 WOMEN IN HONDURAS OVER MELON DISPUTE BUT REMAIN IN ETHICAL TRADING INITIATIVE
British supermarkets must tell Fyffes to clean up their act, says GMB
While the Ethical Trading Initiative have granted Fyffes yet another stay of execution until January 25th, 2018, 1,000 mainly women workers in Honduras face an uncertain future.
The company’s wholly owned subsidiaries refused to re-hire the workers for the melon growing season in retaliation for the STAS trade union’s claims against them for unpaid wages and benefits.
The melon farms are in the impoverished southern region of Choluteca and GMB has been informed that the workers will be blacklisted from finding alternative work in the area.
Meanwhile, despite promising to address the situation when they bought Fyffes, the company’s new Japanese owners, Sumitomo, have done nothing to alleviate the problems .
GMB International Officer, Bert Schouwenburg said:
“That gangster capitalists, Fyffes, have still not been expelled from the Ethical Trading Initiative is impossible to comprehend and it is difficult to imagine what you have to do to lose your membership.
“Not honouring legal entitlements to the minimum wage, holiday pay, school bonds, maternity leave, freedom of association, trade union membership and social security entitlements is clearly no obstacle to being endorsed by the ETI.
“1,000 workers, mainly women, are being effectively sacked and blacklisted for daring to ask for what their employer is legally obliged to provide. British supermarkets should be looking carefully at their supply chains and telling Fyffes to clean up their act, or we shall be left with little alternative but to consider coming after them as well. This appalling situation simply cannot be allowed to continue.”
Contact: Bert Schouwenburg on 07974251764 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO EDITORS
 New Fyffes Bosses Must End Abuse, 24 February 2017
Fyffes Sack More Union Workers, 20 February 2017
GMB Exposes Bulling and Abuse in Central America, 1 February 2017