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Flood-hit Dominican Republic banana sector “determined” to recover 03.05.2017
Heavy rainfall and flooding which devastated much of the Dominican Republic’s organic banana production late last year is having a lasting effect as farmers struggle to rehabilitate plantations, some of which have needed to be completely replanted. PBUK looks into what has been happening since a tropical storm hit last November and how low prices are contributing to losses. It will be at least September or October before banana plantations start truly recovering from the floods that battered the Dominican Republic’s key growing region of Palo Verde.   For months farmers have been rebuilding...
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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Condemns Attack on Union Members in Honduras 02.05.2017
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the attack in Honduras on April 13, 2017, carried out against Moisés Sánchez, General Secretary of a chapter of the STAS union of agricultural workers, and his brother, Misael Sánchez (pictured), who is also affiliated with that labor union.   According to information provided to the IACHR, as well as publicly available information, the brothers had left the union office in the department of Choluteca and were bicycling down the road when they were violently attacked by four hooded men armed with guns and machetes. Misael Sánchez...
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Armed attack on trade union organiser at Fyffes subsidiary in Honduras 20.04.2017
The news report below has been translated and reproduced from - http://informes.rel-uita.org/index.php/sindicatos/item/no-nos-van-a-intimidar 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 Giorgio Trucchi | IUF Latin America   On 15 April, Moisés Sánchez and his brother were attacked by unknown assailants armed with handguns and machetes while they were returning to...
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Peru flooding: trade unionists desperately need your help 30.03.2017
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 with the affected areas is difficult due to power cuts and phone lines being down, but we have been told that in the city of Piura, at least a dozen SITAG members have lost their homes, and the union office has collapsed, while in the Province of Viru and its...
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Banana Link and partners call on Colombian government to protect trade unionists 30.03.2017
Banana Link and eighteen of our partner organisations have today written to the Government of Colombia calling on them to provide protection for the leaders of the country's banana workers' union, SINTRAINAGRO. The letter follows a recent grenade attack at SINTRAINAGRO offices in the department of Magdalena, Ciénaga municipality, on 8 March. SINTRAINAGRO represents 35,000 workers engaged in the production and / or export of bananas, sugar cane, oil palm, rice and flowers. Throughout its history, the Union has supported all the peace negotiations carried out in the country, which has allowed...
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Costa Rica sets new record in banana exports 10.03.2017
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 on the Pacific coast. It provides direct employment for an estimated 43,000 workers.  JORGE CASTILLO/ARCHIVO Banana exports in Costa Rica reached record levels last year in terms of both volume and value, aided by the weather and a number...
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Record banana exports: The role of the worker 10.03.2017
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 Product (GDP) if we take each GDP percentage point to be around 300 billion colones (300,000,000,000).   Great! But what do these numbers actually refer to? This huge amount of money, according to data supplied...
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Melon-producing subsidiary dismisses all staff who were members of STAS. 10.03.2017
Fyffes has sunk even lower, dismissing all security staff who had joined the Union of Workers in Agroindustry and Allied Trades (STAS) from its melon plantations. The process of organising a sub-branch of the STAS union among security staff at Melon Export SA (Melexsa), one of three of Fyffes’s subsidiaries in Honduras, had been undertaken with great care and in total secrecy in order to avoid attacks from the company.   Unfortunately, this was not enough to prevent Fyffes, once more, from showing contempt for the rights of its men and women workers.   “We held a mass meeting, and we...
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Freedom & Fairness for Fyffes workers campaign marks International Women’s Day 09.03.2017
“We do not want flowers, we want rights!”   International Women’s Day 2017 was marked by a demonstration outside the office’s of Fyffes’ subsidiary in Cholutecca, Honduras yesterday, by women workers suffering violations of their labour rights, including non-payment of minimum wages and social security, non-recognition of their union by the company, and sackings of workers who join the union.     View more pictures from the demonstration here.   International solidarity and support   Banana Link published a video in which Iris Munguia, Coordinator, COLSIBA (the Regional Coordination of...
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Will new owners of Fyffes tackle continued labour rights abuses in Central America? 22.02.2017
Twenty eight organisations from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the United States, gathered in Bologna this week, are calling on the directors of the newly acquired Fyffes to address continuing labour rights violations in Costa Rica and Honduras.   In the face of the global Freedom & Fairness for Fyffes Workers campaign, systematic sackings of union members at Fyffes Honduran subsidiary Suragroh continue.   In the last week we understand that 65 security staff have been sacked. This move follows the establishment of a new union branch committee established to represent these...
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