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NGO Rejoinder

19 Oct 2014

Fairfood International

Fairfood rejoinder calls on Tesco to ensure tomato workers in Morocco receive living wage

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"News from Tesco and the issue of poverty wages in the Moroccan tomato sector", 9 Oct 2014

This week, Tesco publicly responded to Fairfood’s Morocco Report  –  which exposes the poverty wages paid to workers in the Moroccan tomato sector – in an online article published on Business Human Rights Resource Centre. This would seem to be encouraging news, as Tesco writes that it is committed to playing a role in improving the low wages paid to workers in Morocco. However, Tesco also admits that only 30% of the workers in their Moroccan tomato supply chain earn a living wage, but they are shockingly quiet about the remaining 70% of Moroccan tomato workers who do not earn a living wage...The good news is that Tesco also claims to be committed to playing their part in improving the low wages of workers in Morocco. We challenge Tesco to act now, to collaboratively compose an action plan to ensure that living wages are paid to all of its Moroccan tomato workers...As Tesco has now publicly communicated their commitment, we are convinced that they will soon confirm our latest request to schedule an in-person meeting to further discuss their living wage action plan for Moroccan tomato workers...