The human cost of salmon farming [Chile]

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12 July 2006

Response by Cermaq: Serious concerns about working conditions in salmon industry, including workplace deaths.

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Author: Friosur

En relación a la nota publicada el martes 27 de junio por el Diario La Nación de Chile en el que se menciona el accidente que le costó la vida a don José Diego Barría Reyes, la empresa Salmones Friosur S.A. aclara: La empresa Salmones Friosur S.A. lamenta profundamente el accidente que le costó la vida a don José Diego Barría Reyes, mientras desarrollaba labores de buceo en sus instalaciones del Centro de Cultivo Elena. La empresa ha desarrollado una investigación interna...

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Author: SalmonChile

En relación a la nota publicada el 27 de junio por el Diario La Nación de Chile en la que se busca abiertamente afectar la imagen de la industria del salmón de Chile a través de datos falsos y malintencionados, SalmonChile responde de manera transparente a las imputaciones que ahí se incluyen:...

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Article
11 July 2006

[DOC] Cermaq response to Business & Human Rights Resource Centre regarding article in La Nación about working conditions on salmon farms in Chile

Author: Cermaq

Cermaq ASA – as the owner of Mainstream Group – has gone through the article in La Nación (Chile) regarding working conditions on salmon farms, an article which you plan to base your story on in your upcoming issue of Weekly Update. We register that this article is based on the same accusations that was published through the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet 3 years ago. These accusations was at that time proven false by the Mainstream Management and we published our denials of the accusations through an extensive Readers Letter in Dagbladet July 12th 2003.

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Article
4 July 2006

[DOC] AquaChile response to Business & Human Rights Resource Centre regarding article in La Nación about working conditions on salmon farms in Chile

Author: AquaChile

...we reject the statement declared by Mrs. Marisol Rosas Alvarado to La Nación newspaper (June 27th, 2006), those affirmations entice to think that in AquaChile there are time restrictions for the use of toilets or that women are obligated to work standed for eight continued hours. This would be absolutely inhuman and it's far from being part of our way to do things...

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Article
26 June 2006

The human cost of salmon farming [Chile]

Author: La Nación [Chile]

[Original article in Spanish. Title translation, and following summary of the article's key points, provided by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.] Deaths, abortions and serious labour rights violations are commonplace in Chile's salmon industry. 17 workers have died since 2005. Although it is one of the country's most lucrative sectors its workers are paid less than the minimum wage. 40% of the salmon farming companies in Chile are multinationals, and of these 60% are headquartered in Norway. The business organisation SalmónChile says the industry has higher than average unionisation levels, indicating that it has good formal relationships with its employees. Refers to working conditions & incidents at Mainstream (part of Cermaq), Aqua Chile, Frío Sur.

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