The Ananas Export Company (ANEXCO) of Costa Rica produces pineapples for export to Europe. According to trade union SINTRAPEM (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores/as del Sector Privado Empresarial) its members suffer anti-union harassment, persecution, unfair labour practices and discrimination.
This despite an agreement brokered by the Ministry of Labour between SINTRAPEM, the banana workers unions’ coordination body COSIBACR and ANEXCO, in March this year, which committed the union and the company to open a space for dialogue.
SINTRAPEM and COSIBACR are now calling for international solidarity in support of their call for:
- an immediate halt to harassment and discrimination against union members.
- constructive dialogue with ANEXCO, as agreed in March this year.
- ANEXCO to respect the fundamental ethical principles recognised by parent company Fyffes as a member of the UK government-sponsored Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and one of the biggest suppliers of Fairtrade produce.
As ANEXCO is a subsidiary of Fyffes, this action has now become part of the wider Freedom & Fairness for Fyffes Workers campaign.
Some of the SINTRAPEM members at ANEXCO (photo: COSIBACR)