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Fyffes response

Author: Fyffes, Published on: 9 May 2017

…Following an investigation of a complaint to UK Government-backed Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) regarding conditions in Fyffes Honduran melon operations, ETI has recently concluded that the allegations contained in the complaint were factually unfounded. In particular, ETI accepted a report from the Honduran Ministry of Labour confirming that company payrolls were in full compliance with local laws. With regard to allegations related to the health and safety of workers they concluded that the incident cited was an accident and the company had responded in an appropriate way…As part of the ETI process, Fyffes has given a commitment to work with the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) to reach a mutually agreeable framework for engagement to explore options aimed at creating effective and legal representation…Reports have been circulating in recent weeks regarding an incident which is said to have occurred in Choluteca on Thursday, 13 April when two local men were attacked and robbed. The victims claim to have been threatened by their attackers as a result of union activity. Some of these reports have implied that Fyffes and Suragroh were in some way linked to the incident. This suggestion is without foundation and is both reprehensible and highly irresponsible…

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This is a response from the following companies: Fyffes