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Labour Rights (WG03)

The Working Group 03 deals with Labour Rights and works closely with FAO and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Since the first formal meeting of the working group in Guayaquil, Ecuador in November 2010 the group has focused on its three priority areas: trade union freedom and collective bargaining, health and safety, and gender.

The Working Group 03 has a specialized Task Force on Gender Equity to ensure that gender equity is a cross-cutting theme in the World Banana Forum’s work. More information on the Task Force on Gender Equity is available here.  

The key outputs of the group so far include:

  • Publication Labour relations: Successful cases within the banana industry including an executive summary Recommendations on improving labour relations and making collective bargaining work.
  • A proposal to industry stakeholders on the issue of occupational health and safety, which led to the development of the BOHESI multi-stakeholder project on health and safety in the banana industry.
  • Research on women's employment and decent work within the banana industry, including a Global Overview and regional reports for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.
  • A 'Diagnosis on the labour rights situation in 25 priority banana producing countries' and subsequent proposals to WBF stakeholders on: Freedom of association and collective bargaining; occupational health and safety; and Discrimination. 

The working group has also facilitated a number of key meetings with industry stakeholders including:

  • A global meeting of women banana representatives in Bonn, Germany December 2015 and Guayaquil, Ecuador in February 2012. More information is available here.
  • Capacity building workshops towards active engagement in the WBF and its working groups with male and female banana workers representatives in Latin America (Panama, March 2013) and Africa (Cameroon, 2013).
  • Meetings of the multi-stakeholder Coordinators of WG03 in November 2010, August 2011 and February 2012 (all meetings held in Guayaquil, Ecuador).

Every stakeholder of the banana industry can speak in our Forum! If you are interested in joining this group, please send us a motivated email to: wbf@fao.org and we will forward your communication to the coordinators of this WG.

Coordinators of WG03:

  • Elvis Beytullayev (ILO)
  • Christelle Lasme (Compagnie Fruitiere)
  • Anna Cooper (Banana Link)
  • Wil Flinterman (FLO)
  • Alexander Katz (SAI)
  • Denis Klink (Berlin University)
  • Marco la Touche (Chiquita)
  • Oscar Maroto (Rainforest Alliance)
  • Iris Munguía (COLSIBA)
  • Víctor Quesada (Centro Solidaridad)
  • Adwoa Nana Sakyi (IUF Africa)
  • Xavier Villacis (DOLE)
  • Alex Yeboah-Afari (VREL Ghana)