SITRABI and COLSIBA have succeeded in persuading the Guatemalan Labour Ministry to set up the first ever banana industry round table. The meetings are an historic first, and give the unions a chance to discuss key grievances in the sight of an independent, authoritative, third party. To date there have been no significant breakthroughs, but all parties have recognised the stability that has come from the meetings, with no significant labour disputes or attacks on union members since preparations for the roundtable began last summer.
Securing support for Colombian trade union, SINTRAINAGRO, to deliver a programme for rural women workers, including skills training, to increase chances of employment for women, and support for the disproportionate number of women who lost their jobs following hurricane damage last year.
Securing support for our Costa Rican partners, SITRAP, to lead an organising drive with an aim of securing the first CBAs in the banana industry for many years.
Banana Link and our trade union partners, Fenacle and FAWU, are participating in a project to strengthen Health and Safety Committees in Ecuador and Cameroon.
More than 100 union representatives in Cameroon and Ghana have participated in training courses developed and delivered by UK trade union educators resulting in successful negotiations for reduced working hours, office provision for representatives and an increase in successfully resolved grievances.
In Latin America Banana Link works with vulnerable unions in Peru, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. We fund capacity building, support lobbying/advocacy work and connect them to British unionists for advice and support. Your donation can help us do more.
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Photo caption: 'For a dignified salary, we are on the streets'