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Anti-union sackings and toxic chemical use at Costa Rican pineapple farm 22.06.2011
22  June 2011, Los Chiles/San José Twenty five workers were dismissed as soon as they joined the trade union ANEP at two pineapple farms near Los Chiles in Northern Costa Rica this month. Despite the threats to them and their families if they spoke out, one of the workers gave a press conference today to denounce the situation at Bana Internacional Arero and Natura Farms LWO, two plantations belonging to the same owner. Workers had called on the union to help resolve a range of problems of non-compliance with labour legislation. Many are hired by labour contractors who do not register...
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Ecuador: government brings in environmental licensing 21.06.2011
The Ecuadorian government has announced that all banana producers will now be required to obtain an environmental licence. The measure is designed to improve agricultural practices from aerial spraying to waste water management. Each farm over 20 hectares is now required to develop a specific environmental plan that is approved by the Environment Ministry. Producers with less than 20 hectares will also have to fill in a form indicating their current practices. Environment Minister Marcela Aguiñaga announced an industry-wide campaign to promote these new Environmental Management Plans...
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Ecuador industry says EU deal is matter of "life or death" 03.06.2011
Roberto Aspiazu, Chair of the Ecuador Business Council, calls for trade deal to safeguard Ecuador banana industry. Signing an Association Agreement with the European Union "is a matter of life and death" for the Ecuadorian banana industry. This was the message from the Chair of the Ecuador Business Council, Roberto Aspiazu, in a television interview. By 2020, bananas from Central America, Colombia and Peru will all attract an EU import tariff of nearly 40 euros per tonne less than bananas from Ecuador, unless a trade deal is struck with Brussels. Given that it was Ecuador who led...
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