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Freedom and fairness for Fyffes workers! – ACT NOW

The Make Fruit Fair! Campaign is calling on Fyffes – the number one importer of bananas to Europe, and among the largest global marketer for Supersweet pineapples and winter season melons – to respect the rights of workers in its global supply chains. You can support this campaign by sending an email to Fyffes at the […]

Costa Rica sets new record in banana exports

The value of banana exports also reaches an all-time high of $986 million. Productivity rises from 2,339 to 2,800 boxes per hectare per year. BY MARVIN BARQUERO S. mbarquero@nacion.com Banana growing is centred on the cantons of Sarapiquí, Pococí Siquirres, Guácimo, Matina, Limón and Talamanca on the Carribean coast, and in Parrita, Corredores and Palmar Sur […]

Costa Rica – Record banana exports: The role of the workers

Albino Vargas opinion@laprensalibre.cr 986 million dollars! Yes, that’s right! Dollars! Converting it into colones, using the current exchange rate of around 566 colones to the dollar, gives us the gigantic sum of 558.076 billion colones! Or, expressed in figures: 558,076,000,000. This massive figure amounts to almost two percentage points of the country’s current Gross Domestic […]

Freedom & Fairness for Fyffes workers campaign marks International Women’s Day

“We do not want flowers, we want rights!” International Women’s Day 2017 was marked by a demonstration outside the office’s of Fyffes’ subsidiary in Cholutecca, Honduras yesterday, by women workers suffering violations of their labour rights, including non-payment of minimum wages and social security, non-recognition of their union by the company, and sackings of workers […]

International delegation gathers further evidence of labour rights violations at Fyffes subsidiaries in Costa Rica and Honduras

“The pineapple that the consumer eats, they should know that they are consuming the sacrifice we make with our lives” – Cruz Urvina Lopez, worker at Anexco, Costa Rica Between 21 and 25 January an international delegation of representatives from Banana Link, the GMB union, the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), 3F (General Union of […]

“Fyffes is an arrogant and authoritarian company”

From January 23 through 25, an international mission formed by several international organizations, including the IUF, visited Honduras with the aim of verifying reports of serious violations of workers’, union and human rights committed against women employed by the melon companies owned by Fyffes, an Irish fruit multinational corporation. La Rel spoke with Alistair Smith, […]

Innovative Customs project for bio-bananas

Following the success of an innovative Customs project in the port of Antwerp for smoother imports of bio-bananas, i.e. bananas grown organically without the use of pesticides or other chemicals, a digital “bio-certificate” will be introduced EU-wide as of April 2017. A highly advanced EU pilot project was recently rolled out in the port of […]

18 banana plantations suspended in Laos

Authorities in the northern Lao province of Bokeo suspended the operations of 18 Chinese-backed banana plantations after they discovered widespread violations of the regulations governing the use of agricultural chemicals, government officials told RFA’s Lao Service. “It has been a problem for the environment as the Chinese companies destroy the environment with their heavy use […]