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Ireland: Labour rights groups demonstrate against Fyffes over anti-union actions in Central America

"Labor rights groups plan Fyffes protest over anti-union actions in Central America", 13 Jan 2017

Three labor rights groups [U.K.-based National Union of General and Municipal Workers (GMB), the International Union of Foodworkers and Banana Link] are arranging a protest against fruit multinational Fyffes in the Irish capital Dublin on Monday [17 Jan 2017], calling on the company to reinstate workers that were allegedly fired and blacklisted for joining unions in Costa Rica and Honduras...An extraordinary general meeting (EGM) for shareholders will be taking place inside to discuss the sale of the company to Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation. Protesters are set to demand the multinational repay close to £2.5 million allegedly stolen from the sacked employees in the form of unpaid wages, holiday entitlement, education grants and social security contributions. The groups have also called on Fyffes to compensate those who have been allegedly unfairly dismissed because they became pregnant...A Fyffes spokesperson said “The Ethical Trading Initiative is currently overseeing a process looking into these matters, so this action is a purely opportunistic move by the unions concerned”...“Unlike them, we intend to respect the process and have no further comment to make at this stage.”