From: Banana Link [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 18 April 2002 14:56 PM
Subject: ACTION REQUEST from COLOMBIAN BANANA WORKERS
We have received a request for urgent action directed at Dole Food Company,
owners of the Empresa Agricola Eufemia which comprises four banana
plantations in the Magdalena region of Colombia.
The SINTRAINAGRO union has been trying to organise banana workers in the
region, despite the murder of dozens of its members and leaders. They have
appealed for international solidarity in the face of Dole's increasingly
aggressive attacks on the basic rights of plantation workers who have been
organising through SINTRAINAGRO.
SINTRAINAGRO report that on the four plantations which make up the Empresa
Agricola Eufemia - Teresa, Olga, Circasia and Bomba - workers have been
pressurised into having nothing to do with the union and sacked if they
refuse to give up their membership. According to the union, other workers
have been fired for demanding health and safety equipment and that Dole's
anti-union tactics have multiplied in recent weeks as the union seeks to
negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the company.
On the international stage, Dole has made much play of its progressive
attitude to banana workers' rights, but on the ground in many countries
where the world's biggest banana company operates the reality is very
different. It is important to signal that in the case of the Eufemia workers
the company is violating the following ILO conventions, all ratified by the
- Convention 87 on the right to organise trade unions
- Convention 98 on the right to collective bargaining
- Convention 135 on the protection of trade union representatives
- Conventions 100 and 111 on non-discrimination towards women workers
You are asked to write to Dole's Chief Executive Officer, David H. Murdock,
at their Headquarters in California asking the company to respect both
Colombian labour law and the international labour conventions with which
they claim to comply in all their operations.
His fax number is: +1 818 879 6807.
You could also copy it to Ms Freya Maneki, Director of Corporate
Communications on +1 818 879 6602.
If you receive a reply from Dole, we would be grateful to receive a copy at
Thank you in advance for your swift action.
The Banana Link Team
38-40 Exchange Street
NR2 1AX, Britain
Tel: (44) 1603 765670
Fax: (44) 1603 761645