Guatemala is one of the world's top exporters of bananas. The banana industry provides employment for tens of thousands of workers, but labour rights groups say their working conditions are among the worst in the world. Al Jazeera's David Mercer reports from Guatemala.
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In August 2012 Banana Link visited the South West Province of Cameroon to conduct research into the gap between wage levels and actual living costs. Whilst there researchers documented conditions for workers on the plantations and in their communities.
Watch a slideshow to see the daily life of workers.
An investigation into the promotion and use of pesticides in the banana industry produced by 'People and Power'.
In this interview, Noè Ramírez of banana workers’ union SITRABI speaks about the violation of labour rights in Guatemala and the murder of trade union activists. Noè’s brother, Marco Tulio Ramírez, also a SITRABI union leader, was murdered in October 2007. He describes efforts to improve workers’ rights and condition at plantations on the south coast of Guatemala, where they are hoping to replicate SITRABI’s successes in Izabal.
These two interviews were filmed in the rural community of Milano in Costa Rica in 2011. Xinia Briceño (Environmental Activism) describes a ten-year struggle to prevent pineapple production expanding over community land and contaminating the water supply with agrochemicals used in the production process at a local pineapple plantation; and Eliseth Urbina (Poor Water) speaks about the effects on her and her family of drinking contaminated water.
A series of videos filmed in Cameroon by Banana Link in 2011 documenting conditions of workers at banana plantations. Click here to find out more about Banana Link's work in Cameroon and to find out about our funding appeal.
In this interview, trade union activist Iris Munguia describes how lack of respect for workers' labour rights is widespread in Latin America, especially where there are no unions. Abuses include long working hours, low wages, discrimination and sexual harassment.
After working in the packing depot of one of Chiquita's banana plantations in Honduras for 23 years, Iris Munguia became a trade union leader and a defender of women's rights.
Imaginamos Costa Rica como un paraíso tropical...pero "Pura Vida" expone el impacto social y ambiental de los agroquímos toxicos que se emplean para cultivar bananos y piñas para exportación a Europa.