Hired Labour in Fair Trade
Landless labourers are some of the most disadvantaged producers in the world. While most Fair Trade goods are produced by small-scale farmers, the standards also cover products which are mainly grown on bigger farms that employ workers. Examples include tea, flowers, and sports balls.
Workers can participate in Fair Trade if they are organized, normally into unions. Employers must pay decent wages, guarantee the right to join trade unions, and provide good housing where needed.
The company must be prepared to promote their workers’ development, and to share the additional revenues generated by Fair Trade with them.
There must be a Joint Body, which includes workers and management. This group is responsible for managing the Fair Trade premium.
Working conditions must be equitable for all workers. Salaries must be equal or higher than the regional average or than the minimum wage in effect. Health and safety measures must be established in order to avoid work-related injuries.
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