Securing Decent Work in tropical fruit export production
Between 2013 and 2016, Banana link worked with the Fako Agricultural Workers Union (FAWU) in Cameroon and General Agricultural Workers Union of Ghana (GAWU) to educate and empower workers and their unions to negotiate living wages and improved conditions on banana and pineapple plantations.
Poor wages, debt, long hours and hazardous working conditions
Education programme for union representatives and workers
- 5000 workers have received education to understand and know how to secure their basic labour rights, including health and safety and how their union can pursue a grievance on their behalf
- In Ghana, GAWU has successfully bargained for pay rises with a number of employers, enabling more workers to be able to cover their basic needs than a year ago
- In Cameroon FAWU has successfully negotiated an earlier close of 6pm on 4 out of 14 farms and hopes to see this practice introduced for all banana workers