What difference does a union make?

In the Guatemalan banana industry the short answer is working about 12 hours a week less for over double the pay, and for women workers about one fifth the likelihood of being exposed to sexual harassment at work.

Banana Link Policy & Communications Coordinator, Paul Lievens, talks to Dr Mark Anner, Professor of Labour and Employment Relations at Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Centre for Global Workers’ Rights, about the findings of his report – “What Difference Does a Union Make? Banana Plantations in the North and South of Guatemala” – and his recommendations for addressing the vast disparity in working conditions he found between unionised and non-unionised plantations, including by governments, multi-national fruit companies, supermarkets and ethical certifiers.


You can listen to the podcast, including a link to the Report, here What difference does a union make?



Categories: Audio, Corruption, Genocide, Guatemala, Human Rights, Indigenous peoples, Justice, Land, Legal, Military, Report, Resource Extraction, Solidarity in Action, Violence

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