Country Rating: 3

  • Regular violation of rights

  • Government and/or companies are regularly interfering in collective labour rights or are failling to fully guarantee important aspects of these rights. There are deficiencies in laws and/or certain practices which make frequent violations possible.

Pressure from Del Monte to break a strike: A banana workers' strike against a subsidiary of the U.S. multinational Del Monte ended on 29 June 2013 when the company agreed to immediately reinstate 21 workers who had been dismissed. The reinstatement of the workers was the principal demand of the strikers at the Banana Development Company (Bandeco). Several attempts by the banana company to put an end to the strike were unsuccessful including, for example, the hiring of strike-breakers, the aerial spraying of toxic chemicals and measures to stop the strikers and their families from buying food from local merchants.

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