Working conditions, wages, and benefits on banana plantations in ecuador and the pacific coast of guatemala are some of the worst in latin america unlike most of its competitors in the region, ecuador's banana industry is almost completely non-union, as is the pacific coast of guatemala.
Eventually, the black sigatoka, a banana disease destroying much of banana production in central american countries and colombia, as well as a levy of export tax, and political unrest in central america, came to ecuador's advantage the standard fruit company and del monte fresh produce company decided to make ecuador the primary supplier of bananas in the 1970s.
In ecuador they may receive as much as five to eight us dollars however, even this is not enough to pay for basic necessities and the jamaican economy greatly suffered how is the banana industry affecting the environment the banana is a very ecologically demanding species and if anything, working conditions actually worsened on.
Social problems working conditions pressure from multinational companies and consumers to keep prices low affects hundreds of thousands of workers in the banana industry.  it can be presumed that these working conditions have long-term, unfavorable health effects global trade and impact on women farmers back in 1993, the european union imposed a 25 percent tariff on central american bananas, which better enabled african and caribbean farmers to compete with us multinational corporations.
Apart from occasional reactions concerning working conditions and the social and environmental situation of the industry in ecuador, there has been no systematic treatment of the issues in recent times. Testimonies taken from tainted harvest: child labor and obstacles to organizing on ecuador’s banana plantations below are testimonies from workers interviewed by human rights watch for the report, tainted harvest: child labor and obstacles to organizing on banana plantations in ecuador.