Bananas are the single biggest profit making item sold in British supermarkets and one in four of these is supplied by Costa Rica. They have been the subject of bitter price wars since 2002 with supermarketssqueezing suppliers who in turn reduce the price paid by the box to anunsustainable level. This abuse of supermarket buying power and theresulting lowering of banana prices in Latin America have had directimpacts on the wage levels, working conditions and the freedom to organise workers on the plantations where Leitón organises. Costa Ricais now also the largest supplier of pineapples to Europe - producing more than 75% found on supermarket shelves. Rapidly expanding pineapple production is having a devastating impact on the health of workers and on the natural environment - polluting the water supplies of thousands. An anti-union culture pervades tropical fruit production with workers experiencing systematic violations of their labour rights - even recently death threats.
Please see our Latest News. Leitón's travel to the UK is generously supported by Union SolidarityI nternational. The Banana Link Team