Last week, the Irish multinational company Fyffes signed an agreement recognizing STAS – el Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Agroindustria y Similares – as the legitimate union representative of workers employed at Fyffes’ melon subsidiaries in Honduras. This agreement comes following a three-year global campaign urging Fyffes to remediate two decades of human and labor rights abuses on its Honduran melon plantations, including wage theft and exposure to toxic agrochemicals.
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STAS’ organizing was courageous and unwavering, despite being faced with a violent anti-union campaign led by Fyffes local management. After international solidarity efforts, Fyffes was suspended from the Ethical Trading Initiative and de-certified by Fair Trade USA for its blatant disregard for union rights. This wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you to all who sent letters, signed petitions, spread the word through social media, and donated – you helped make this victory possible.
This agreement is a welcome first step for Fyffes to begin remediating the labor abuses that have long existed on their plantations – but our work isn’t over yet. On February 5th, the union will begin negotiating a collective bargaining agreement. International allies and supporters will be watching to make sure the agreement covers all workers across all Fyffes’ subsidiaries in Honduras. The company also agreed to rehire union members who have not been rehired this harvest season due to their union affiliation, which we’ll be monitoring closely.
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