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The human cost of cheap bananas

A new report for the Make Fruit Fair! campaign shows how increasing market power and Unfair Trading Practices of European supermarkets affect banana small farmers and plantation workers. Banana workers and small farmers in developing countries are exposed to toxic agro-chemicals, earn poverty level wages and work in a climate of fear, reveals the report […]

Noé Ramirez Portela, General Secretary of the Izabal Banana Workers’ Union, Guatemala to speak at Latin America 2015 Conference

Noé Ramirez Portela, General Secretary of the Izabal Banana Workers’ Union of Guatemala (SITRABI) is visiting the UK in November and will be speaking at the Latin America 2015 Conference in London on 28 November. Noé’s visit is being co-ordinated by Banana Link SITRABI is the oldest private sector union in Guatemala and represents over […]

Ecuador government supports small farmer marketing efforts

Ecuador’s Ministry of Agriculture has established a marketing arm for small farmer produced bananas which now exports 70 000 boxes of fruit per week. Growers are paid the official minimum price and receive payments much more quickly than with most conventional exporters. The government’s Banana Trade Unit is also purchasing bananas from small farmers in […]

ANEXCO harasses and fires union members – ACT NOW!

The Ananas Export Company (ANEXCO) of Costa Rica produces pineapples for parent company Fyffes. According to trade union SINTRAPEM (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores/as del Sector Privado Empresarial) its members (pictured bottom right) suffer anti-union harassment, persecution, unfair labour practices and discrimination.   This despite an agreement brokered by the Ministry of Labour between SINTRAPEM, the […]