Costa Rican trade unions have called for talks involving all stakeholders to address problems in the pineapple industry, following claims in the British press of alleged environmental and ethical problems.

Central Social Juanito Mora Porras the Costa Rican trade union confederation made the plea in a letter to Costa Rican labour minister Sandra Piszk this week. CSJMP has written on behalf of unions whose members work in independent companies and multinationals that produce pineapples for the British and other markets.

It wants to address low wages, poor working conditions, health problems, discrimination against women, repression of unions and environmental damage. An article in The Guardian this month claimed pineapple production was "marred by allegations of environmental damage, union-busting, chemical poisoning and poverty wages."