SITRATERCOSindicato de Trabajadores de La Tela Railroad Company (Spanish: Labor Union of the Tela Railroad Company; Honduras)
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One compelling part of the book recounts how the rise of women's activism in banana unions was facilitated by internal democratization within SITRATERCO. Since the 1960s when women entered the banana industry, work has been divided by a sexist division of labour in which men work in the fields and women are confined to the packinghouses, where the pay is much lower even though the working conditions are equally harsh.
Union officials from SITRATERCO, representing workers on plantations in Honduras, have alleged that on 13 January 1999 Chiquita threatened to abandon Honduras and not rehabilitate plantations if workers didn't sign a new agreement that would weaken the union and roll back advances won by the union.