Anti-union company Fyffes dismisses two union executives, in retaliation.

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Costa Rica sets new record in banana exports

The value of banana exports also reaches an all-time high of $986 million. Productivity rises from 2,339 to 2,800 boxes per hectare per year. BY MARVIN BARQUERO S. mbarquero@nacion.com Banana growing is centred on the cantons of Sarapiquí, Pococí Siquirres, Guácimo, Matina, Limón and Talamanca on the Carribean coast, and in Parrita, Corredores and Palmar Sur […]

Costa Rica – Record banana exports: The role of the workers

Albino Vargas opinion@laprensalibre.cr 986 million dollars! Yes, that’s right! Dollars! Converting it into colones, using the current exchange rate of around 566 colones to the dollar, gives us the gigantic sum of 558.076 billion colones! Or, expressed in figures: 558,076,000,000. This massive figure amounts to almost two percentage points of the country’s current Gross Domestic […]

“Fyffes is an arrogant and authoritarian company”

From January 23 through 25, an international mission formed by several international organizations, including the IUF, visited Honduras with the aim of verifying reports of serious violations of workers’, union and human rights committed against women employed by the melon companies owned by Fyffes, an Irish fruit multinational corporation. La Rel spoke with Alistair Smith, […]

Innovative Customs project for bio-bananas

Following the success of an innovative Customs project in the port of Antwerp for smoother imports of bio-bananas, i.e. bananas grown organically without the use of pesticides or other chemicals, a digital “bio-certificate” will be introduced EU-wide as of April 2017. A highly advanced EU pilot project was recently rolled out in the port of […]

18 banana plantations suspended in Laos

Authorities in the northern Lao province of Bokeo suspended the operations of 18 Chinese-backed banana plantations after they discovered widespread violations of the regulations governing the use of agricultural chemicals, government officials told RFA’s Lao Service. “It has been a problem for the environment as the Chinese companies destroy the environment with their heavy use […]

25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women- with Adela Torres

“We won’t tolerated more violence” Sintraingro organized a demonstration day rejecting all types of violence against women. The General Secretary of the National Union of Workers in Agricultural Industries (SINTRAINAGRO), Adela Torres, spoke to La Rel about the action they hold on the municipality of Apartadó, as part of the International Day for the Elimination […]

75,000 people demand fair wages, health protection and trade union rights for plantation workers in Lidl supply chains

Pesticides, unfair salaries, exploitation: plantation workers in Ecuador and Costa Rica are grafting in order to produce fresh bananas and pineapples for our supermarket shelves. In our pan-European Lidl campaign, more than 75,000 people demand fair wages, health protection and trade union rights for plantation workers – resulting in first achievements: Two Lidl suppliers are […]