Fyffes accused of disrespecting plantation workers’ rights | Business | The Guardian

The GMB trade union called for Fyffes to be thrown out of the Ethical Trade Initiative, which promotes labour rights, over reports of abuses by subsidiaries in Costa Rica and Honduras.In one case, 14 workers on a melon plantation, which is 60%-owned by Fyffes’ subsidiary Suragroh were allegedly hospitalised after being poisoned by noxious chemicals.The GMB said the female workers had not been given safety gear to protect them while handling fruit. It said workers had also reported that they were not being paid the minimum wage, were denied extra pay for overtime and Sundays and were not given public holidays.The GMB, which received the allegations from local trade union partners, said workers were also illegally charged for transport to the fields where they work.

Source: Fyffes accused of disrespecting plantation workers’ rights | Business | The Guardian

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