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Guatemalan workers at Lunafil win 410-day occupation despite violence. PBI accompanies. 1987-1988

Time period
June 9, 1987 to October 3, 1988
Third-party nonviolent intervention
Economic Justice
Total points
8.5 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Karen Ridd 11/06/2014

On 9 June 1987 workers of the Sindicato de Trabajadores de Lunafil (Lunafil Thread Factory Workers Union, or SITRALU) were given unwelcome news by management.  

The Lunafil factory was located on the main highway in Amatitlan, just 15 miles from Guatemala City (capital of Guatemala).  In that factory workers spun cotton grown on Guatemalan plantations into thread. The thread was then shipped to other factories for Guatemalan workers to use in sewing garments for export, the so-called maquiladoras.