The Ecuadorian subsidiary of the world's biggest fruit company, Dole-Ubesa, has signed today its first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the 487 workers employed at its Hacienda Megabanana near Babahoyo in the province of Los Rios. The trade union is affliated to the national agroindustrial workers and small farmers' federation FENACLE. This is the first time that Dole banana workers in Ecuador have secured a collective agreement.
Amongst other benefits the two-year agreement, which is backdated to 15th January 2011, includes a 7% pay rise this year and a further 5% in 2012.
"FENACLE congratulates the workers and the company in the efforts they have made to secure real social dialogue and develop stable and cooperative labour relations", said Prospero Mendoza, FENACLE's General Secretary at the signing of the agreement in the local Labour Ministry offices.
A few months ago, a similar number of pineapple workers at a Dole-owned plantation also signed their first CBA, but the company has since sold the plantation and had to negotiate a redundancy package for one third of the workforce.
Sources: Dole-Ubesa and FENACLE, 26th July 2011