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.
This interview was filmed in June 2011, before Iris was elected as the first ever Coordinator of the Coordinating Body of Latin American Banana and Agroindustrial Workers’ Unions COLSIBA and received the prestigious SOLIDAR Silver Rose Award for her contribution to International Solidarity.
Iris has led efforts throughout the region to strengthen women’s participation in their unions through training and awareness raising, working to ensure that all COLSIBA union members have a Women’s Secretary or at least a Women’s Committee.