Ecuador: banana workers strike

Submitted by AWL on 21 July, 2005 - 7:51

Banana workers in Ecuador are continuing with strike action to defend their right to organise, in the teeth of repression.

The National Federation of Agricultural Industry Workers, Farmers and Indigenous People of Ecuador (FENACLE) is calling for international solidarity.

Workers were attacked on two separate plantations in May whilst striking. At the San José plantation in the Guayas province, workers went on strike after 44 of them were sacked when they formed a union and presented a list of demands to their employer. Police broke down doors and attacked workers with tear-gas. And workers at La Primavera plantation had stopped work for two hours when police intervened, again using gas, and breaking their way into the plantation. Three union leaders were arrested.

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