Farm workers to pressure Stop & Shop [USA]

Author: Kristofer Rios, Boston Globe, Published on: 26 February 2011

Stop & Shop Supermarket Cos. is the focus of an effort by [Coalition of Immokalee Workers]...who have successfully pressured other food giants to pay more for tomatoes and agree to help improve working conditions...The farm workers are now touring five Northeast cities to visit large supermarkets, which they say contribute to low wages and poor working conditions on farms...Stop & Shop, owned by...Ahold USA,...is one of four major chains — Ahold-owned Giant Supermarkets, Trader Joe’s Co., and Publix... — that the farm workers plan to target...If Stop & Shop signs on, it will purchase tomatoes exclusively from growers who follow the coalition’s code of conduct, which guarantees improved workplace rights and includes a zero-tolerance policy on forced and child labor. A Stop & Shop spokeswoman said the workers should target growers — not supermarkets — for increased wages...Ahold USA says it requires that its suppliers treat employees fairly and to not employ forced or child labor. [also refers to McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Whole Foods]

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Related companies: Ahold Delhaize Burger King Giant Food (part of Ahold Delhaize) McDonald's Publix Subway Trader Joe's (part of Aldi Nord) Whole Foods Market