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USA: Fair Food Coalition urges Ahold, Publix, Wendy's & others to sign pact on tomato farm workers' rights

Protesters urge Wendy's to sign Fair Food Agreement - credit: Liz Joyce, WhyHungerThe Coalition of Immokalee Workers and its allies have long urged companies that source from Florida tomato farms to sign the Fair Food agreement, which gives workers greater protections against forced labour and other abuses, and guarantees them a living wage.  Many companies have signed the agreement, including restaurant chains Burger King, Chipotle, McDonald's, Subway, and YUM! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell); food service firms Aramark, Bon Appetit/Compass and Sodexo; and supermarkets Trader Joe's, Walmart and Whole Foods, as well as the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange.  Publix supermarkets, Wendy's (fast food chain) and Ahold, which owns Giant and Stop & Shop supermarkets, have refused to sign.

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2 September 2014

USA: Protesters ask Wendy's to join Fair Food programme to improve respect for workers' rights on tomato farms

Author: Erika Ferrando, KPLC (USA)

"Protesters ask Wendy's to join Fair Food Program", 1 Sep 2014

Protesters targeted a Wendy's in Lake Charles joining a nation-wide protest claiming the fast food chain should do more to stop what they call modern day slavery...They're demanding the corporation joins The Fair Food Program. It's an organization that asks companies to pay 1.5 cents more per pound to ensure workers in tomato fields in Southern Florida are protected from injustices...Wendy's told KPLC, "We do not believe that it is appropriate for us to compensate individuals who work for another company...[All] of our tomato suppliers in Florida have signed and abide by the Fair Food Code of Conduct which covers worker health and safety, complaint investigation and more." ...Other fast food corporations that have joined include McDonald's, Subway, Burger King, and Taco Bell [part of YUM! Brands].

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