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NGO Rejoinder

20 Aug 2014

International Labor Rights Forum

Intl. Labor Rights Forum says Thai Pineapple Industry Association should engage in dialogue, rather than threaten Hall with further lawsuits

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“TPIA responsibility to engage in dialogue about alleged human rights violations in Thailand’s fruit industry”, 19 August 2014

…Rather than threaten further retaliatory court actions, we hope TPIA will take action to encourage Natural Fruit and other TPIA members to work with civil society toward a solution that protects the rights of the workers at their facilities, and in the long-term improves Thai export businesses. Such action would include urging Natural Fruit to: 1. withdraw criminal and civil proceedings against Mr. Hall; 2. allow a full investigation by competent and independent investigators of all allegations of unfair and/or illegal labor practices; 3. provide fair remediation of all violations identified by the investigation; 4. introduce, in consultation with workers and their advocates, effective measures to prevent future violations; and 5. acknowledge that labor rights defenders, like Mr. Hall and others, are important to securing labor rights and improving conditions for workers and their communities…