According to an article published on 17 October 2016 on the Herald Scotland website, Mexican fruit workers sought a boycott of berries sold by the Lidl supermarket chain, citing allegations of slave labour, unsafe working conditions and harassment.
The pickers worked for farms that sold to a multinational supplier of the supermarket chain. Workers in San Quentin Valley, in Baja California state, alleged that their unsafe and unfair employment conditions earned them just $6 a day for 12 to 15 hour shifts. Workers in Washington state had also complained about conditions and in 2013 they launched a series of walkouts and lawsuits over alleged labour violations.
Gloria Garcia, leading the Mexican protest, stated, "In countries like USA and Mexico many irregularities and injustices have been encountered on farms ... such as child labour, sexual harassment, pesticide use, non payment of wages, the avoidances of social security payments and many other abuses of labour rights.”
A spokesperson for Lidl said it was a responsible retailer continuously working to improve the welfare and working conditions of employees across its supply chain. “These allegations are extremely serious and as such we are currently investigating as a matter of urgency. We are in contact with the supplier to establish the facts and whether there is any validity to the claims.”
Although the boycott of the supplier, Driscoll's, appeared to be ongoing, no mention of Lidl could be found in relation to it in May 2018.
The company lost half a mark under Workers' Rights.
Call to boycott berries sold by Lidl over supplier's alleged workers' rights abuses (17 October 2016