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NGO Rejoinder

27 Aug 2014

Frances O'Grady, Trade Union Congress UK

TUC again urges Thai Pineapple Industry Association to tell Natural Fruit to withdraw charges vs Hall & enter into dialogue

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“TUC urges pineapple industry to drop charges”, 25 August 2014

…I assure you that Andy Hall’s actions in reporting serious workers’ rights abuses in the Natural Fruit Company on behalf of…Finnwatch…were designed solely to defend the interests of those workers. It is the actions of the Natural Fruit Company and its CEO – in allegedly abusing those workers’ rights and then in taking legal action against the individual who reported such abuses - which threaten to damage the reputation of the Thai pineapple industry…I would urge you and your association…to use your good offices to persuade the Natural Fruit Company and its CEO to withdraw the charges and enter into constructive dialogue with Thai unions and workers’ rights defenders to address the serious allegations made about conditions in the company and the industry more widely. The TUC would…be happy to assist in any process of reconciliation and addressing the reported abuses…