Last week Sintrainagro, the Colombian Union of Agricultural Industry Workers, reached a negotiated agreement with employers association Augura that will see workers in the banana industry receive the highest pay increase negotiated in the country for 2021.
The negotiations ended with a 5.8% wage increase for the first year. The increase exceeds the minimum wage and the inflation of the last period. It also exceeds the 2.61 percent pay increase for public sector employees for 2021.
The agreement follows a vote by around 22,000 workers from 300 banana farms in the Urabá region in support of strike action in support of union demands.
“It is a historic achievement, in the midst of the pandemic a wage increase above the CPI (Consumer Price Index ) was achieved,” members of the Sintrainagro negotiating committee told www.bananalink.org.uk.