“Now I Am Bold!” – Empowering tropical fruit workers in Africa
“Now I am bold. I can talk to anybody. I can express myself anywhere just because I know my rights. I know because I’ve been trained so I know more. I will quote you from the Labour Code and from the Collective Agreement. Now I am bold.” Anna, Cameroon
Between 2013 and 2016, Banana Link worked with General Agricultural Workers Union of Ghana (GAWU), the Fako Agricultural Workers Union (FAWU) in Cameroon and the the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) to educate workers about their rights and to empower union representatives to secure decent working conditions on banana and pineapple plantations in Cameroon and Ghana.
Read about the achievements (PDF) of the project in improving living and working conditions for plantation workers, including pay rises of up to 92%, reductions in working hours, increased provision of personal protective equipment, and increased awareness of labour rights.
“Before I became a staff rep, frankly I did not know how to address a crowd or engage in dialogue. Through the training I can now dialogue at any level. I can speak with management to solve worker’s problems.” Chenemou, Cameroon.
Watch the video of workers talking about how they benefited from the training they received from the project.