Costa Rica: Unions denounce labour abuses at Anexco pineapple plantation, part of Fyffes

BananaLink and Unions in Costa Rica denounces labour abuses and obstacles from freedom of association at the Anexco pineapple plantation, part of Fyffes.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited Fyffes to respond, the response is available. 

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Company response
31 October 2017

Fyffes Response to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre regarding Anexco Pineapple Farm in Costa Rica

Fyffes is disappointed by Bananalink’s ongoing inaccurate and misleading reporting on its website regarding our Anexco pineapple farm in Costa Rica. Given Fyffes commitment to respecting the rights and welfare of workers across our supply chains, we would like to point out several developments and accomplishments that Bananalink failed to mention, so that we may provide a more accurate assessment of our Costa Rican pineapple operations. It is important to note that an independent third-party Sedex Members Ethical Trade Social Audit (SMETA) of Anexco was conducted in March 2017…Anexco, was recognized for its initiatives on migrant workers in the 2015 International Labour Organisation…While Anexco and Fyffes are proud of these achievements, we continue to pursue further improvements through open and constructive dialogue…

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Article
13 September 2017

Continued discrimination and labour rights abuses at Anexco

Author: BananaLink (UK)

The Costa Rican trade union SINTRAPEM (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores/as del Sector Privado Empresarial) and union co-ordinating body COSIBACR report that, despite positive developments in our online campaign, the Fyffes owned Anexco continues to abuse labour rights and discriminate against trade union members on its plantation…We should begin by saying that Fyffes has not been keeping to its word, and we have included just some examples of this: Workers are transported in wagons in poor condition which are overloaded with more than 100 people…Agrochemicals are used in areas where the workers are working, including where there are containers which they use for water…Workers are forced to work in conditions which do not comply with Costa Rican law…The union leaders are prohibited from visiting the workers in their place of work…Fyffes has welcomed visits from ETI advisors…

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