Before dawn, Norma Gómez, 52, hurried into her bedroom,
grabbed an old t-shirt with the phrase ‘Because my work
matters’ printed on the back, and put it on before kissing
her grandson goodbye. On this day, she would not be
needing her uniform.
A banana plantation worker in La Lima, Honduras, half an
hour away from the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Gómez
is one of the 2,800 employees of Chiquita Brands International
who began striking last December when the company moved
its private health clinic an hour away from the farmers’ homes.
Chiquita, one of the biggest fruit companies in La Lima, and is
the leading banana exporter to the United States. With high
production rates and little attention to conditions in the fields,
Chiquita faces accusations of exploiting its workers.