Aldi and Lidl slammed over supply chain issues
A new report has criticised budget supermarkets Aldi and Lidl over the conditions of workers in their supply chains.
The report focuses on the pay and conditions of workers in their prawn supply chain.
Fairfood International’s report exposes the low wages and harsh labour conditions of workers working in the prawn peeling and processing industry in Asia.
The key issues in the report are:
- The shrimp from Asia are peeled and processed by hundreds of thousands of shrimp workers in Thailand, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh who earn unacceptably low wages, which are not enough to live on;
- The majority of workers in the Thai shrimp industry, in particular, are migrants from Burma, who have paid brokers high amounts for placements, travel, and visas to work in the industry.
- Burmese shrimp workers in Thailand end up earning 8 Euro a day, while their costs of living are at least 12 Euros a day;
- Their wages are further diminished by numerous deductions from their pay checks for things like work equipment, as well as debt repayments for work permit fees, visa costs or debts to brokers. As a consequence Burmese shrimp workers must rely on overtime to be able to survive; working weeks in excess of 60 hours a week are commonplace.
Supmarkets must act
Fairfood say that because of their huge buying power, supermarkets have the power and influence to determine how and under what conditions the food is produced as well as what consumers buy.
Fairfood is call on supermarkets to take up their responsibility and to ensure a living wage for all their workers in their supply chains.
Read the full report on the Fairfood website.
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