26 October 1999
Heavies attack Del Monte workers

UNION leaders representing Del Monte banana workers in Guatemala were forced to resign and flee by 200 armed thugs, it has been revealed.

The banana union men and their families have now requested urgent international action to ensure their safety and those of 3000 banana workers on the plantations.

Unions were organising a protest against lay-offs in the industry which has been hit by a 15% cut in prices.

  • The Independent 26/10/99 page 17