Gustavo Murillo - a worker at the Los Alamos banana plantation, Ecuador. This interview was conducted on 17th May 2002 - the day after two attacks against striking workers.
Mauro Romero, banana worker injured after violent attacks on workers at the Los Alamos plantation, Ecuador, in 2002. Source: Interview and translation by Helge Fischer, BanaFair.
Mauro Romero Carranza has worked over the last six years in banana plantations in Ecuador. He went to work in the banana plantations in search of a better future. During this time, Mauro worked in plantations that belonged to Alvaro Noboa Ponton's business empire. Alvaro Noboa is the fourth largest banana exporter in the world. Noboa is very influential both in political and economic spheres in Ecuador.
Francisca Criollo, a nurse on the Rio Culebra banana plantation, Ecuador - This interview was recorded in May 2002 during a long strike by workers on the Danish owned Río Culebra p
Background: Maria is a non-union member who works in the packing plant on the St Peter plantation, owned by Del Monte Corporation, in the South Atlantic zone of Costa Rica.
Background: Anneth is a non-union member who works on the St Peter plantation, owned by Del Monte Corporation, in the South Atlantic zone of Costa Rica.
December 2010 Guatemala is the second most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. 47 activists have been killed, including four banana union leaders since 2007. Those responsible for the killings have not been brought to justice by the Guatemalan government. Please respond to this urgent action request below by sending an email to William Hague, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Washington Orellano - leader of the port worker's association threatened with legal action for criticising his employers. Interview recorded and translated by Jan Nimmo, Puerto Bolívar, Ecuador, May 2003
My name is Washington Orellana. I'm general secretary of the Puerto Bolívar Port Workers' Association. The organisation is based in Puerto Bolívar, in El Oro province. The workers, within and without the organisation, are all fighting for a better future and so that our labour and written constitutional laws are respected. Our struggle started in 2002 and we've sustained our struggle to the present day. Basically, the rights of the workers shouldn't be trampled on by the companies and their owners. We want to free the workers and give them some self-esteem.
Simon Adjei-Mensah, Eastern Regional Secretary of GAWU, an agricultural workers union in Ghana, visited Europe in June 2008. During his visit he spoke with Banana Link's International Coordinator
Workers producing bananas and pineapples for the shelves of European supermarkets often fail to earn a living wage, are sacked for joining unions and are exposed to hazardous working conditions. In response Banana Link, in partnership with Peuples Solidaires (France), BanaFair (Germany) and Nazemi (Czech Republic), are campaigning to 'MAKE FRUIT FAIR'!