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New research aims to improve women’s participation in the banana industry

Banana Link has just published the results of research we have undertaken to analyse the participation of women workers and small producers in the global banana industry. The working papers, documenting the research findings, include statistics on women’s’ participation in the industry, an analysis of the potential causal factors for this varying level of participation, […]

Armed attack on trade union organiser at Fyffes subsidiary in Honduras

The news report below has been translated and reproduced from – http://informes.rel-uita.org/index.php/sindicatos/item/no-nos-van-a-inti… The global Freedom and Fairness for Fyffes workers! campaign is currently calling on the company to respect the rights of workers in its global supply chains. “They will not intimidate us” General Secretary of STAS’s sub-branch at Fyffes denounces the criminal attack By […]

Peru flooding: trade unionists desperately need your help

Members of Banana Link’s Peruvian trade union partner, SITAG (Sindicato De Trabajadores Agrarios Del Peru), and SITETSA (Sindicato De Trabajadores Empresa Talsa) trade union in Peru desperately need financial help to rebuild their homes, offices and their lives following recent devastating floods and landslides in Peru. Communication withe affected areas is difficult due to power […]

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 […]