The Swedish authorities monopolize alcohol for good reasons, there is no doubt about that.
Study revealed that underage drinking is at a 40 year low according to research by the Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (Centralförbundet för alkohol- och narkotikaupplysning - CAN).
However, concerned group like Afrikagrupperna will like the public in Sweden to ask Systembolaget how they are handling the living wage and sustainability in the wine business because nearly three out of ten wine sold in Systembolaget stores across Sweden are produced in South Africa, Chile and Argentina where most of the wine industries are based on agricultural workers, whose salary and welfare packages are extremely poor.
The vineyard workers and farm workers need better living wages that can give them access to water, food, toilet, adequate housing as well as the right for better working and living conditions.
1) Ask questions about how the wine is produced:
- How are the working conditions of those who produced the wines?
2) Pick with you a bottle of Fairtrade system certified wine and an unlabeled bottle, go to any of the staff and ask what the difference is between the two bottles:
- What is Fair Trade for?
- Can Systembolaget guarantee a living wage this year?
3) Please call Tel: 0771-83 83 00 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to Systembolaget's customer service and ask the same questions.
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