Actress Criticises SA Fruit Suppliers on Working Conditions

BBC News, 27 February 2007.

Following her recent visit to South Africa, Oscar-winning actress, Emma Thompson has called on Tesco, the largest grocery home shopping service in the world, to ensure that its South African fruit suppliers adhere to laws on working conditions.

In an interview on BBC Radio, Ms Thomson said she had met women working on a farm near Stellenbosch, where the workers faced poor conditions and were paid 38p  (what is the rand conversion)  an hour. Thompson has urged supermarkets and Tesco to focus on the working conditions that people are working under. In response to Thompson's critique, Tesco weakly responded - ensuring that laws are enforced is an industry wide problem.  

Ms. Thompson's visit to the farms was facilitated by the Women on Farms Project.

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