Several Gainesville area religious leaders are joining a “Campaign for Fair Food” involving the Coalition of Immokalee workers. As Dina Lewis reports, they want the Publix Supermarket chain to improve pay and working conditions for tomato pickers by paying more per pound for their tomatoes.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPTomatowrap2.mp3]
WUFT made several calls to Publix for a statement about the Coalition of worker’s campaign for fair food. Although Publix didn’t get back to WUFT-FM, the company did issue a statement on their website saying they do not support any human rights violations and they are not aware of a single instance of slavery existing in their supply chain. The statement also says Publix is not aware of a single instance of a payment less than the required minimum wage.