14. 7. 2015: Honduras has been suffering repression since 2009 when a military coup brought its current National Party to power. The country is known as the murder, repression and corruption capital of the Americas – a situation that has recently brought people on the streets in the biggest popular demonstrations since the military coup.
Within this context, numerous cases of labour rights violations experienced by Honduran agricultural workers have been presented to the Labour Ministry, but remain unresolved. The Union of Agroindustrial Workers (STAS) has appealed to the Minsiter of Labour, Carlos Madero, to settle these cases as soon as possible. STAS, along with the Honduran Federation of Agroindustrial Workers' Unions (FESTAGRO), to which it is affiliated, is calling for international solidarity to support this request.
Founded in April 2013, STAS is the first union to represent workers throughout the agricultural sector and is working for the respect of fundamental workers’ rights, including the payment of the minimum wage in the South of Honduras where 90% of companies fail to pay this.
A sector wide union is much stronger than having a number of smaller unions in each workplace. However as Iris Munguía, FESTAGRO secretary for Women Affairs, explains: "The private sector and the government have closed ranks to destroy this kind of organization. Therefore they set so much obstacles and problems to most of its work. That is the reason why we are denouncing what is happening here."
You can support this appeal by SIGNING AND SENDING AN ONLINE LETTER (in Spanish) from the FESTAGRO website to the Honduran Minister of Labour, calling for him to act.
FESTAGRO is part of the Latin American Coordination of Banana and Agroindustrial Unions (COLSIBA), and a Banana Link campaign partner in Make Fruit Fair!