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Company Response

11 May 2020


Fyffes' response

The report is part of a sustained campaign against Fyffes. We... strongly refute the accusations in it about how we treat our workers. Approximately 6,000 of our 7,000 workers in Honduras are members of two legally recognized unions and they are covered by legally-binding collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). These CBAs were submitted to and endorsed by the Honduran Ministry of Labour in May 2019... and apply for three years...

The STAS Union... was denied legal recognition in 2018. Honduran law only allows for one union per operation. Despite this, we have begun discussions with STAS about finding a solution so they can legally represent their workers and negotiate a parallel agreement. Last season as well as this season, Fyffes hired all the STAS-affiliated workers on the lists provided to Fyffes that were free and fit to work. A total of 44 were hired...

Since the onset of Covid-19... the company hired additional medical staff to implement a prevention plan for its Honduran employees. While the nature of field work is already at a social distance, we are providing employees... with masks. In the packhouse, we have implemented social distancing, additional personal protective equipment and disinfection... [W]e have reduced the number of workers on the bus by one third, we disinfect the bus between trips, and we provide workers travelling with masks and hand sanitizer... We are also doing temperature testing...

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