Peru news

06.19.2017
Thank you for your donations to our appeal in support of tropical fruit workers who lost their homes in recent flooding in Peru. So far, we have raised £2000, which has been sent to Peru. The first £800 of your donations have been spent on buying 18 mattresses and 3 gas cookers, that were distributed to the victims in the La Libertad region, who are workers of the companies Talsa and Sociedad Agrícola Virú. They lost everything.    We will bring you further reports, as we get them, on how the...
03.30.2017
Members of Banana Link's Peruvian trade union partner, SITAG (Sindicato De Trabajadores Agrarios Del Peru), and SITETSA (Sindicato De Trabajadores Empresa Talsa) trade union in Peru desperately need financial help to rebuild their homes, offices and their lives following recent devastating floods and landslides in Peru...
08.22.2016
On 15th August, a framework agreement on trade union rights and sectoral dialogue was signed by seven banana producers’ associations and the main trade union in the sector, SITAG. This comes after several years of conflict between some of the associations and the union, and is the result of a long process mediated by COLSIBA, Fairtrade International, the Peruvian Fair Trade Producer Coordinating Body and Banana Link.   Reaching this agreement is a major step forward for the producers and the workers and provides the basis for a fair sharing of the wealth created by the organic banana export...
01.27.2014

For agricultural workers in Peru, the year ended with many significant labour, social and economic problems unresolved and continued discrimination, in many forms.

FENTAGRO, the National Federation of Agricultural Workers in Peru, believe that it is difficult for their members to wish each other “Happy New Year”. ‘The efforts we have made to achieve better living conditions remain but a hope, because each day our way of life requires greater effort and sacrifice and years of work weigh on our shoulders. Today we find ourselves facing health problems and abandoned by a State that...

07.31.2013

Peru's leading horticulture company, Camposol, laid off a large group of trade union members at their huge grape farm in Piura as part of a major retrenchment in mid-January 2013. Many of the members of SITAG-Peru had worked for the company for more than four years. The union alleged that these workers were replaced with non-union workers.
However, at a meeting between the parties in April, Camposol committed itself to take back the workers they claimed they had had to lay off because of seasonal changes in working patterns. In a letter to the union on...

07.23.2012

Poverty wages, forced and unpaid overtime, poor safety conditions, obstruction to free associations and discrimination against pregnant workers -- these were just some of the accusations that have been levelled against the largest mango production companies in Peru, in a report produced by SOMO (the Dutch Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations) last year. A year has passed since then and it would seem nothing – from either side of the argument – has really changed.

You might think working conditions in the Peruvian mango industry have little relevance to your own...

03.13.2012

After a series of unfair sackings over the last few months, SITAG, the trade union which represents workers in the Peruvian banana industry in the Chira Valley, has been able to secure the reinstatement of members of their branch committees who had been sacked.

Five workers of the Union y Progreso Farmers’ Association laid off in January - on the pretext that their contracts could not be renewed - are to be reinstated following an appeal to the Dole subsidiary that markets the Association’s bananas to intervene. Those laid off included key members of SITAG’s branch committee....

06.23.2011

23 June 2011, Sullana

The first Latin American and Caribbean Congress on Bananas and Plantains in Sullana, Peru, focused on the contribution that researchers could make to mitigating the effects of climate change on banana and plantain production. Hosted by the Piura provincial government and small producers' associations and organised by MUSALAC (a continent-wide research network), Bioversity International and the Peruvian Institute for Agrarian Innovation, congress delegates from 20 countries were told that changing disease patterns and water management were two of the...