Fyffes Melons at Centre of Labour Abuse Claims From Honduran Workers

From the Guardian:

By Jonathan Watts

Thousands of miles from the supermarkets in the west that they supply with cantaloupes, a community of Honduran melon plantation labourers say they are threatened with dismissal and destitution because they have tried to form a union at their Irish-owned company.

The workers – the vast majority of whom are women – are now appealing to US and European consumers to boycott products sold by the fruit multinational Fyffes until it improves working conditions and allows collective bargaining.

Their home is Choluteca, a municipality close to the border with Nicaragua that is one of the country’s poorest regions. For decades, it has also been an area where plantation owners have been able to hire, fire and violate labour regulations with impunity, thanks to support from local politicians and the absence of unions.

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