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30 Jan 2019

International Labor Rights Forum

Fyffes Fails to Follow Agreement with STAS Union

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Two weeks after Fyffes signed an agreement recognizing STAS (el Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares) as the legitimate union representative of workers employed at Fyffes’ melon subsidiaries in Honduras, union members are reporting harassment and intimidation…The agreement Fyffes signed with STAS on January 11 states that the company would rehire union members who had not been rehired for the current harvest season due to their union affiliation by January 21 and that collective bargaining negotiations between Fyffes and STAS would begin on February 5…Management had called them to report to company offices on January 19 to sign their work contracts, but when they arrived they were met with a management-orchestrated anti-union demonstration. These union members report being surrounded while in their van, being warned not to take out their phones, and threatened by a human resources manager participating in the demonstration that, “We will beat you and leave you pulverized.” These recent acts of harassment and intimidation come in the wake of a three-year campaign of anti-union violence perpetrated by Fyffes’ local management against STAS members. The systematic undermining of workers’ collective bargaining rights includes blocking Labor Ministry inspections, locking workers in offices, forcing them to resign, illegal firings, and psychological and verbal harassment towards affiliated workers…