The average work-week is 48 hours in the Latin American countries where Dole operates, with the exception of Ecuador, where it is 40 hours. Hours are generally spread evenly over a 6-day week that extends from Monday through Saturday, with Sunday being the day of rest. Depending on the country in question, work days are usually limited by law to 10-12 hours.
Because Dole operates in the agricultural sector, the work hours may vary during the year depending on production conditions. At no point, however, does Dole force its employees to work beyond the accepted maximum work hours outlined by contract, the law or the agreements signed with our workers’ respresentatives.
In general, the banana industry offers work throughout the year. Such constant employment opportunities have made this industry essential for income contribution and distribution in the local economies of production regions.