Marine Harvest Violates
Environmental and Labor Laws in
The Center Ecoceanos and Eicosal trade union of
Harvest (MH) is responsible for the health, environmental and labor crisis in the southern regions of
MH is the result of the association -in December of 2006- of Norwegian companies Pan Fish and Fjord Seafood , which acquired the samonculture section of Dutch company Nutreco, thus creating MH Group.
is installed in
All this growth was possible at the expense of lowest labor and environmental standards registered in this industry. Besides the long working days, low salaries, higher accident rates and death rates, the high rate of violations to labor, health and environmental rights, plus the anti-unionist practices, the violation of gender rights, such as the lack of protection to maternity; conflicts with coastline communities, native peoples, craft fishing, tourism agents; destructive occupation of highly vulnerable ecosystems such as lakes and fiords; illegal cultivation centers; irresponsible use of antibiotics; use of banned chemicals”, such is the case of malachite green oxalate (a banned fungicide) and/or colorants.
So much so,
that in February of 2007, the
The fear of
world consumers before these cases led to the closure of several markets for
Chilean products, causing the closing down of several factories “and the firing
of thousands of workers in Puerto Montt,
For this reason it demands the Chilean authorities to establish a “moratorium” on the granting of aquiculture concessions, until the State has regularized the use of antibiotics and chemicals used by the salmon industry.
Key issues: Precarization and exploitation of labour
organizations: Centro Ecoceanos y Sindicato Eicosal 2 de la Multinacional noruega Marine