Fyffes rejects allegations of worker abuse
Fyffes has rejected allegations of abuse at a Honduran melon plantation, saying the safety of its workers is a “core value”.
The Times Ireland edition reported yesterday that Fyffes had its fair-trade certification suspended after allegations that workers had not been paid the minimum wage, were exposed to hazardous chemicals and were not allowed to form unions.
The newspaper added that a UK workers’ rights body, the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), threatened to expel Fyffes after it found aspects of a complaint it investigated to be “robust”.
Fyffes said the ETI was satisfied there was “no further action required regarding the issue of minimum wage and the issue of worker health and safety”. –