"I joined the union because I worked for the company for 20 years without a contract. I worked for 20 years without a pay increase. It has been difficult to support my wife and six children. I have an obligation to feed them."
"After the employer threatened the other dock workers, I joined SYGMMA because I wanted to fight with them. I now sell groceries to earn money, and my wife helps me to survive the challenges that I face since I lost my job."
"Our society does not respect our rights. I joined SYGMMA to improve my working conditions and because I hadn’t received a wage increase since 1990. Now I pull a rickshaw to make a living, and my wife helps me to feed our 8 children."
"I joined the union to protect my rights. Because I have the right to be free, to join the union and have the same conditions as the permanent workers. I have worked on the docks since 1990 with no wage increase. Since I lost my job, I sell vegetables to survive. I earn US $0.80 a day. Its tough, but I survive."
"I joined the union to fight for my rights, for everything that we deserve as dockers. I had never received a pay increase from the time I started working on the docks in 1995. Since I lost my job, I take work as a gardener to survive."
"I joined the union to protect myself from intimidation by the director and his colleagues, I wanted to improve the conditions of the dockers at the port. I now pull a rickshaw to feed my family and earn a living."