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Banana farmers end protest


Banana farmers end protest

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BASSE-TERRE – Banana farmers from across twenty plantations on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe ended their six week protest action this week following a back to work agreement.

The protests which started on May 18 and gained the support of the majority of the workforce, concluded with an agreement with the islands’ producers’ association.

The banana farmers were protesting about a range of issues covering their system of payment and occupational health and safety issues.

According to the General Secretary of one of the unions, Jean-Marie Nomertin, the agreement establishes the framework for negotiating working conditions, notably on the issue of the enforcement of law around monthly wage payments. (CMC)