FROM THE ARCHIVES: Bananas and Organized Labor in Ecuador
2019 marks 25 years that Worldview has brought you human stories from at home and abroad.We wanted to bring you some selections from our deep archive.In April 2002, the Human Rights Watch issued a major report on child labor on Banana Plantations in Ecuador.We still get about a quarter of our Bananas from Ecuador. Because of the report, one plantation's owner, Alveron Naboa, fired its his child workers but continued efforts to stop workers from organizing. Several workers were shot dead around that same time. Steve Striffler is currently the Chair in Latin American Studies and Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans.He joined us in 2002 to talk about labor organizing in Ecuadorian banana plantations, especially the ones managed by the United Fruit Company. The United Fruit Company was at the center of the controversy that resulted in the US overthrow of the Guatemalan government in 1953.The United Fruit Company is now known as Chiquita.
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