Tesco’s US operation accused of bullying staff

The Independent

By Stephen Foley in New York
Thursday, 2 September 2010

European multinationals are exploiting America’s weak labour laws to suppress unions, claims report by Human Rights Watch.

European companies, including the UK retail giant Tesco, are facing criticism from a leading human rights organisation for allegedly exploiting weak labour laws in the US and bullying employees to prevent them from joining unions.

Human Rights Watch says European multinationals talk nicely about labour relations at home, but pay scant regard to them overseas. In a report published this morning, the New York-based campaign group says that managers at Tesco’s new mini-market chain in the US, Fresh & Easy, have created an anti-union atmosphere, and that employees who want to organise union activities live in fear for their jobs…