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CTDU (Community Training and Development Unit, Forth Valley Ltd), a Bothkennar based organisation and Jan Nimmo have collaborated on issues surrounding the banana trade since 2001 when they hosted an event with Bertha Gomez from FETRABACH, Nicaragua, as part of a Banana Link speaker tour. The event included contributions from popular education expert, Liam Kane, from Glasgow University and Kathy McCormack, a Glasgow based community activist.

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Jan works as community artist with CTDU and when she returned to Scotland after her first trip to Ecuador in 2002 she was involved in an awareness raising with CTDU active citizens who then went on to make two banners. The banner were inspired and motivated by two things: footage of the May Day rally in Guayaquil, Ecuador and the violent attack on the peaceful strike of workers on the Los Alamos plantation, owned by Ecuador's richest man, lvaro Noboa Pontón, who was running for president of Ecuador that year. full story

The active citizens made one banner for awareness raising in Scotland and another to send to Ecuador so that the following May, workers' organisation FENACLE (Federation of Agro-industrial Workers, Small Farmers and Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador), could carry the banner on the march in Guayaquil.

In November 2002 Guillermo Touma, President of FENACLE visited the CTDU as part of a Banana Link speaker tour where he was presented with the Spanish version of the banner.

The banner was subsequently displayed at the CEOSL (Trade Union Congress) conference in Quito, Ecuador and the biannual COLSIBA (Confederation of Latin American Banana Workers' Trade Unions) conference in 2003. Workers also carried it on the 2003 and the 2004 Mayday marches in Guayaquil.

In December 2002 CTDU held a fundraising event, Noising It Up, where they launched the Scottish Banner.

 


In November 2003 Honduran, Iris Mungia, the Women's secretary of COLSIBA visited CTDU as part of a Banana Link speaker tour and was able to see how CTDU banners were uses to raise awareness of issues.

 


In May 2004, Ecuadorian trade unionist from FENACLE, Rosalia Montesdeoca participated in a banner making workshop along with members of the Popular Education Forum in Scotland.

 

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