Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Union applauds NZ supermarkets’ stance on slavery

Media Release: FIRST Union

24 June 2014

Union applauds NZ supermarkets’ stance on slavery

The union representing retail workers applauds both New Zealand supermarket chains (Progressive Enterprises’ Countdown and Foodstuffs’ New World and Pak’n’Save) for taking a strong stance against alleged slave labour in global prawn supply chains.

FIRST Union wrote to both chains after a report from the Guardian newspaper on slave labour and other labour and human rights abuses in the supply chains of prawns sourced from Thai company CP Foods, seeking an assurance that NZ consumers were not complicit in such abuses.

“We have received satisfactory responses from both supermarkets,” said Robert Reid, General Secretary at FIRST Union.

“Progressive Enterprises confirmed to us they do not purchase prawns from Thailand, highlighting the standards expected of their suppliers regarding labour rights, working conditions and other social issues.

“Foodstuffs received written assurance from suppliers were not engaging in slave labour, and have initiated a more in-depth investigation by their Seafood Supply Chain and Sustainability Management Teams to corroborate that assurance.

“We are pleased that both of these companies have taken this matter so seriously. Slavery and worker exploitation is a sobering reality for millions of people across globalised food supply chains including within New Zealand. The practices of large purchasers like supermarkets can make a difference in preventing these abuses.”

FIRST Union will continue to monitor the situation with regard to labour rights abuses in this and other supply chains to ensure NZ consumers can enjoy a meal with peace of mind.

-Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

OceanaGold: Man Killed In Waihi Mine Accident

A 29-year-old man had died following a work place accident at OceanaGold mine, Waihi last night. The man was killed after the front end loader he was in rolled down a slope. The accident happened at approximately 6.30pm on Thursday night. More>>

ALSO:

Constructing Consent: Annual Housing Consents Highest In Over A Decade

More than 29,000 new homes gained building consent in the year to June 2016, up 16 percent from the previous June year, Statistics New Zealand said today. More>>

ALSO:

War Against Weevil For Future Peas: “No Peas, No Weevil” Ban Now In Place In Wairarapa

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today placed a ban on growing peas within a specified area and placed controls on moving pea material (seed and untreated pea straw) within, in and out of this area for the next 2 years. More>>

ALSO:

Wood Producers: Crisis In New Zealand Log Supply

New Zealand wood processing leaders held a hui with senior government officials and political leaders in Whangarei yesterday to assess the acute log supply shortage to local mills in Northland. More>>

Consents And Taxes: Trustpower 'Very Disappointed' With Judgement

Trustpower is "very disappointed" with a Supreme Court ruling dismissing its bid to claim tax deductions on $17.7 million of project costs in a case closely watched by large-scale infrastructure developers. More>>

ALSO:

Fruitful Endeavours: Kiwifruit Exports Reach Record Levels

In June 2016, kiwifruit exports rose $105 million (47 percent) from June 2015 to reach $331 million, Statistics New Zealand said today. Overall, goods exports rose $109 million (2.6 percent) in June 2016 (to $4.3 billion). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news