Our friend faces trial on Tuesday. Please help!

1 Sep

Demand justice for Andy today!
Tell Natural Fruit to drop the charges!

Andy with MWRNAndy Hall with our brothers and sisters at the Migrant Workers Rights Forum.

Dear Mike,

Andy Hall is preparing for a trial that could cost him $10 million and 7 years of his life. All because he spoke out about abusive working conditions at a factory in Thailand owned by Natural Fruit, a company that ships processed pineapple products around the world.

Don’t let Natural Fruit hide its misconduct with intimidation and harassment! Send a message demanding it drop these ridiculous charges and fix what’s wrong in its factories today!

It’s clear that these charges are in retaliation for Andy’s research of a Natural Fruit pineapple canning factory published in a report written with the Finnish NGO Finnwatch, Cheap Has a High Price. Labor rights abuses alleged in the report include:

• high labor recruitment costs deducted from workers’ salaries;
• child labor;
• payment below the legal minimum wage;
• forced overtime;
• confiscation of migrant workers’ passports and work permits;
• and violence.

Rather than address the problems, Natural Fruit launched a series of specious lawsuits against Andy using Thailand’s antiquated criminal defamation laws. These harassment suits are meant to intimidate activists into submission and deny migrant workers their voice.

But we won’t stand for it. We’re working with more than 100 human rights organizations and labor unions that have sent letters and calls for Natural Fruit to drop the charges. We are also pushing the Thai Pineapple Industry Association (TPIA), an industry group that Natural Fruit is active in, to intervene. So far, it has stood by this unscrupulous employer, and even made additional threats against Andy!

That’s why we need your help now! Andy’s trial starts Tuesday. Please show you stand with labor rights defenders: send a message to Natural Fruit and TPIA, then bring in your friends to turn that message into a movement.

In Solidarity,

Abby McGill
Campaigns Director
International Labor Rights Forum

P.S.- Please join us in supporting Andy’s legal fund.


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