FAWU (Fako Agricultural Workers Union) organises plantation workers in the South West Province of Cameroon. Between 2013 and 2016, Banana link worked with the Fako Agricultural Workers Union (FAWU) in Cameroon to educate and empower workers and their unions to negotiate living wages and improved conditions on banana and pineapple plantations.
What can you do?
- Join our Make Fruit Fair campaign to call for a fair and sustainable banana and pineapple trade.
What have we done?
- Inspired by conditions in Colombia during a visit in November, FAWU subsequently negotiated shorter working days for 1420 workers with plans to benefit thousands more in the coming year.
- Wage increases have been secured through National Minimum Wage and National Collective Agreement in Agriculture negotiations.
- Hundreds of union representatives have participated in education training sessions resulting in improved social dialogue securing improved conditions including a 48% reducation in pro rata deductions from wages.
- Empowered representatives have established a cooperative farm to provide more affordable food for workers including 2325 chickens for traditional Christmas dinner!
- More than 4500 workers have so far received education which has already doubled awareness of rights in the workplace and increased membership.
ARTICLES AND MEDIA
Living and Working Conditions in the Banana Sector in South West Cameroon Dafni Skalidou and Harriet Labouchere, 2012
Daily Working Conditions in Cameroon- Slideshow Banana Link
Living Wage Report Summary Dafni Skalidou and Harriet Labouchere, 2012
Progress report February 2013 Banana Link
Social Impacts of Banana Supply Chains; A Case Study from Cameroon Dafni Skalidou and Harriet Labouchere, 2012
Project Appeal 2012- Banana Link
Radio Labour interview- Radio Labour
Union Solidarity filmed interviews- Union Solidarity
Documentary: Portraits from Cameroon -visit of Mbide Kude the General Secretary of FAWU
'Unions here can help banana workers everywhere secure safe work' - published in Hazards Magazine, January-March 2012.
Report on Working Conditions of Female Banana Workers in the Republic of Cameroon, by Fawu Gender Officer, Susana Nsoh Bissong Obi
Slavery in the Banana Industry, by Antoine de Ravignan, originally published in French in Alternatives Economiques, February 2012, under the title Esclavage dans la bananeraie. Also available in French.