A Honduran Packhouse Workers are now free to join a union and are enjoying ‘economic benefits and better treatment’ at three banana plantations in Honduras following an international ‘Make Fruit Fair’ campaign. Workers are now free to join a union and …

A Honduran Packhouse

A Honduran Packhouse

Workers are now free to join a union and are enjoying ‘economic benefits and better treatment’ at three banana plantations in Honduras following an international ‘Make Fruit Fair’ campaign.

Workers are now free to join a union and are enjoying ‘economic benefits and better treatment’ at three banana plantations in Honduras following an international ‘Make Fruit Fair’ campaign. Chiquita has bought the group of three Honduran plantations, formerly known as Tres Hermanas, following more than a year of conflict involving the former owner of the Honduran banana company and independent workers’ union SITRAINBA.

Previously workers who joined the independent SITRAINBA trade union – affiliated to new agroindustrial worker’ federation Festagro – faced systematic discrimination because of their union membership. The case was taken to the certification body: the Rainforest Alliance, and Chiquita, as part of an international Make Fruit Fair campaign. Following investigations by the Rainforest Alliance, the company’s suspension was announced. Chiquita’s response, after consultations with Festagro over the fate of the workforce, was to buy the company in February and run the farms themselves. The three plantations have been renamed Agrícola Bananera Santa Rita.

Festagro reports the new owners have authorised access to trade union organisers to raise workers’ awareness of their right to be represented by an independent organisation.

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South African trade unionist living in Glasgow. Loves whisky, wine, running and the great outdoors. Walton did an MA in Industrial Relations at Ruskin, Oxford, and is interested in how trade unions use new technology to organise.

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