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“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 […]

Fyffes Chairman, David McCann, completely indifferent to workers’ plight as sale of company to Sumitomo nets him 90 million Euros at EGM in Dublin

GMB and Banana Link condemn the “unacceptable face of globalisation” Protesters from Dublin Trade Council, ICTU, GMB and Banana Link today called on Fyffes to respect the rights of their workers, including minimum wage and social security contributions, in Central America before the EGM rubber stamped the sale of the company to Japanese firm, Sumitomo. […]

GMB –IUF –Banana Link protest at Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel for Fyffes EGM on Monday, January 16th at 9.30am

Fyffes must repay the money they have stolen from their workers in Central America and enter into meaningful negotiations with their union representatives, say protesters GMB, Britain’s General Union; IUF, the International Union of Foodworkers and Banana Link will stage a protest at Fyffes extraordinary general meeting for shareholders to discuss the sale of the […]

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 […]

25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women- with Adela Torres

“We won’t tolerated more violence” Sintraingro organized a demonstration day rejecting all types of violence against women. The General Secretary of the National Union of Workers in Agricultural Industries (SINTRAINAGRO), Adela Torres, spoke to La Rel about the action they hold on the municipality of Apartadó, as part of the International Day for the Elimination […]

How Fairtrade investment is bearing fruit in Ghana

Banana Link, as part of the Make Fruit Fair! campaign recently took a group of journalists from different European countries to visit Fairtrade certified banana and pineapple plantations in Ghana to showcase good practice. We reproduce below an article by one of those journalists, Joanna Blythman, published in The Grocer magazine. Seated at her monitor, […]

75,000 people demand fair wages, health protection and trade union rights for plantation workers in Lidl supply chains

Pesticides, unfair salaries, exploitation: plantation workers in Ecuador and Costa Rica are grafting in order to produce fresh bananas and pineapples for our supermarket shelves. In our pan-European Lidl campaign, more than 75,000 people demand fair wages, health protection and trade union rights for plantation workers – resulting in first achievements: Two Lidl suppliers are […]