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Thank you for your donations to the SITRAP motorbike appeal  08.12.2016
Thank you to all of the donors to our recent appeal to help fund a new motorbike for Didier Leitón, the General Secretary of SITRAP, our partner union in Costa Rica. Didier is very grateful for the donations, and has sent us the photo of him with the motorbike, which will help him with his organising work at more than 40 plantations. Didier has sent the thank you letter below to branches of the GMB union, and others, who donated to the fund: Siquirres, Limón, Costa Rica.  13 September 2016   Dear friends of the branch and regional offices of GMB who have made donations to purchase a...
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25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women- with Adela Torres 07.12.2016
“We won’t tolerated more violence” Sintraingro organized a demonstration day rejecting all types of violence against women.         The General Secretary of the National Union of Workers in Agricultural Industries (SINTRAINAGRO), Adela Torres, spoke to La Rel about the action they hold on the municipality of Apartadó, as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.    “Every year, this date is a day for reflection. This year it was day for denouncing and to raise the voice in rejection of all types of violence that we women are subject to”, pointed.  ...
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How Fairtrade investment is bearing fruit in Ghana 05.12.2016
Banana Link recently took a group of journalists from different European countries to visit Fairtrade certified banana and pineapple plantations in Ghana to showcase good practice. We reproduce below an article by one of those journalists, Joanna Blythman, published in The Grocer magazine.   Seated at her monitor, Abigail, an alert, highly motivated 12-year-old Ghanaian, tells me why she’s concentrating on her computer skills: “It helps you get an education.” She is just one of the kids in the Asuogyaman area who soak up free IT training funded by the “social premium”, the extra funds...
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75,000 people demand fair wages, health protection and trade union rights for plantation workers in Lidl supply chains 01.12.2016
Pesticides, unfair salaries, exploitation: plantation workers in Ecuador and Costa Rica are grafting in order to produce fresh bananas and pineapples for our supermarket shelves. In our pan-European Lidl campaign, more than 75,000 people demand fair wages, health protection and trade union rights for plantation workers - resulting in first achievements: Two Lidl suppliers are starting to change the conditions on their plantations. On gigantic plantations in Costa Rica and Ecuador, pineapples and bananas are grown for European supermarket chains. Plantation workers are exploited under...
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Fyffes melons at centre of labour abuse claims from Honduran workers 30.11.2016
Labourers in deprived region complain of poor conditions and say multinational has blocked efforts to form a trade union, allegations denied by Fyffes   Article reproduced from The Guardian     Photo: Melon plantation workers with their union flag in Choluteca. Photograph: Jonathan Watts for the Guardian   Thousands of miles from the supermarkets in the west that they supply with cantaloupes, a community of Honduran melon plantation labourers say they are threatened with dismissal and destitution because they have tried to form a union at their Irish-owned company.   The workers – the vast...
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Thank you for your donations to the FAWU Farm Co-op in Cameroon 11.11.2016
Thank you to everyone who donated to our appeal in support of the Fako Agricultural Workers Union (FAWU) of Cameroon's Farm Co-op earlier this year. We managed to raise a very impressive £1200 for the Co-op.  By way of a thank you, we recently recorded this message to you all from Pastor Wanji John of the FAWU Executive.  If you would like to donate you can DONATE HERE.        
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Rainforest Alliance and the Discount Supermarkets: Low Prices and Easy Standards? 28.09.2016
Banana Link, as members of the Europe-wide Make Fruit Fair! Campaign, have published a report evaluating Rainforest Alliance (RA) certification in the light of recent moves by discount supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl to source tropical fruit from RA certified suppliers.    The report - Rainforest Alliance and the Discount Supermarkets: Low Prices and Easy Standards? – looks at the standards and verification systems used by RA and at the realities of daily life on RA certified banana, pineapple and tea plantations, and concludes that RA certification cannot guarantee sustainability at the same...
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Sentenced for reporting human rights abuses in the Thai fruit industry – support Andy Hall! 22.09.2016
As an organisation that for 20 years has documented and raised awareness of human rights abuses in tropical fruit production, Banana Link is shocked at conviction in Thailand of Andy Hall for criminal defamation.    British labour rights activist Andy Hall has been sentenced to a three year suspended jail term and a fine after being found guilty of defaming a Thai pineapple wholesaler that supplies the European Union.   The suspended sentence means he is unlikely to serve any time in jail but the ruling in Bangkok sets a frightening precedent for activists and NGOs working on labour rights...
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High court reverses moratorium on pineapple growing in Los Chiles, Costa Rica 14.09.2016
Costa Rica’s high court has once again denied the right of local governments to declare a moratorium on pineapple production within their jurisdictions, this time in the northern border municipality of Los Chiles.   Decrying contaminated water and exploitation of migrant labor, a coalition of environmental groups and politicians recently came together to successfully lobby the municipality of Los Chiles to pass a five-year moratorium on granting permits for pineapple production in the Alajuela canton, located just south of the Nicaraguan border.   The National Chamber of Pineapple Producers (...
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Historic agreement reached between unions and producers in Peru 22.08.2016
On 15th August, a framework agreement on trade union rights and sectoral dialogue was signed by seven banana producers’ associations and the main trade union in the sector, SITAG. This comes after several years of conflict between some of the associations and the union, and is the result of a long process mediated by COLSIBA, Fairtrade International, the Peruvian Fair Trade Producer Coordinating Body and Banana Link.   Reaching this agreement is a major step forward for the producers and the workers and provides the basis for a fair sharing of the wealth created by the organic banana export...
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