What Difference Does a Union Make? Banana Plantations in the North and South of Guatemala

Unionized workers on Guatemala banana plantations earn more, work fewer hours, face less sexual harassment, and have safer workplaces, including during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Center report, which is published with the Solidarity Center. (The report also is available in Spanish.) The report finds that non-unionized workers in the country’s south earn less than half the hourly pay of unionized workers in the north, while working 12 hours per week more. Thirty-nine percent of all bananas sold in the United States are produced in Guatemala.

Access the report in English here.

Access the report in Spanish here.