This Thursday, The Times Ireland reported that the Dublin-headquartered fruit company strongly rejected allegations of abuse at its Honduran melon plantation, saying the safety of its workers is a “core value”.
The paper reported that Fyffes had its fair-trade certification suspended after allegations that workers had not been paid the minimum wage, were exposed to hazardous chemicals and were not allowed to form unions. But a statement from the fruit producer’s spokesman said: “We strongly refute these allegations. The safety and well-being of all our workers is a core value of Fyffes.”
The newspaper added that a UK workers’ rights body, the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) threatened to expel Fyffes after it found aspects of a complaint it investigated to be “robust”. It subsequently suspended Fyffes.
Fyffes said on Thursday the ETI had previously communicated that it was satisfied there was “no further action required regarding the issue of minimum wage and the issue of worker health and safety, including chemicals”.