Trade unionists from across Europe meeting today to discuss next steps.
‘Gangster capitalists’ Fyffes have marked the end of their time on the London and Dublin stock exchange by sacking more staff simply for being part of a trade union.
The company will cease to be listed after three and a half decades following their take over by Japanese firm Sumitomo.
The Secretary and Treasurer of the new STAS branch for security staff on Fyffes’ melon plantations in Honduras were sacked on February 16, supposedly because of “restructuring”.
STAS members had suffered a similar fate to that of their colleagues in the fields – Fyffes refusing to honour legal entitlements to minimum wage, shift premia, overtime payments and other benefits.
Fyffes shares will be cancelled today as Japanese multinational, Sumitomo, takes over the running of the business.
The date coincides with the first day of the EUROBAN (European banana action and agribusiness network) meeting in Bologna, Italy where trade unionists and NGOs from all over Europe will decide on the next steps of the Fyffes campaign in the light of Sumitomo Vice President Ted Eguchi’s remark that if things need to change, then they will.
Meanwhile, the ETI continue their interminable investigation into the misdemeanours of a member company that, after today, will no longer exist.
GMB International Officer, Bert Schouwenburg, who will attend the Euroban meeting, said:
“Fyffes have ended as they started – sacking workers who dared to stand up to the vicious exploitation of their employer by forming a union.
“Even though Chairman, David McCann and his band of thieves have slunk away to enjoy the fortunes they have made on the back of the blood, sweat and tears of their Latin American employees, the fight for their rights will not cease.
“We are encouraged by the words of Sumitomo’s Ted Eguchi that things need to change and will be seeking an early meeting with him to find out exactly what that means.
“In the meantime, the ETI continues its interminable investigation into a company that no longer exists, a fitting epitaph for an irrelevant organisation.”
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