At the beginning of each crop season, the German media publish one or two reports on poor working conditions of seasonal workers in Germany. Given the negative impact these reports could have on all producers in the sector, IGBAU  … Continue reading
Asparagus is a luxury vegetable very consumed in Germany, since 2003 she is the first producer in Europe. But the lack of a minimum wage applied to all professional sectors and the system of Minijob (short-term contracts, very few binding on the employer) causes many abuses of agricultural workers. The agricultural labor force employed in the collection of vegetables and fruits is almost essentially foreign. Polish Historically, there has been an influx of Romanians and Bulgarian recent years. Working conditions, hard because pickups techniques are often made worse by rights violations and lack of control tools.
The imposition of a minimum wage would be a first step towards more equality between national and foreign workers, but many blockages exist among employers. They fear not being able to withstand competition and pressure on prices, this is particularly true for those who sell their production outside of short circuits.
Summarize : The lack of certification for asparagus and strawberry producers is explained by the fact that producters prefer to employ cheap labor force even if labor law is not respected. This label doesn’t seem to encourage good practices but … Continue reading
Summarize : In order to fight against abuses, the governement is using a certification for the subcontracting firms respecting labor law and other criterias. These firms have to be registered in order to facilitate controls. The governement promised that if … Continue reading
Summarize : The Immokalee farmworkers is a coalition of around 5000 latin-american workers, employed in tomatos and citrus fruit harvest in Florida. Their movement is characterized by three campains : “A penny per pound”, asking the fast food to raise … Continue reading
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On 26 April 2014, about 200 people gathered in Cloppenburg to protest against the abuses of outsourcing contracts and to denounce the unacceptable working conditions and life, imposed detached and seasonal workers. Organized by Mida (network for human dignity at … Continue reading
In 2012, about 58 million pigs, 3.6 million cattle and 1 million sheep were slaughtered in Germany. The German meat industry is so effective that the country has become the slaughter of Europe, but also on the way to becoming the world’s largest meat exporter. With the start of the barbecue season, Lidl offers 20% per kilo of pork loin or € 3.99 per kilo. This award is achieved through the exploitation of workers, mostly East European countries. This with the help of the directive on the posting of workers to principles rather vague, leaving room for all kinds of abuse from shady supplier. Matthias Brümmer, head of the local branch of Oldenburg union for food and catering (NGG) explains how the business of cheap meat.
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Summary: Faire Mobilität The program was set up to make them more equitable conditions of living and working in Germany, addressing specifically to migrant workers. The six centers Faire Mobilität operate in networks, embedded in local and national levels. The actions are … Continue reading
Summarize : To think about dutch agriculture can lead you, at least for some of you, to imagine colorful flower fields, green pasturelands lined by rivers and scattered by mills, browsed by black and white cows, sheep woolen … briefly, … Continue reading
During the last decades the globalization process of the agro-food system has stimulated the spread of new enclaves of intensive agricultural production all over the world. These spaces of production have turned into the scene of an intense process … Continue reading
Recently I was able to speak with a former butcher and foreman in a pig slaughterhouse, located south of Oldenburg. He worked for several years and was willing to share with me his experience with employees of subcontractors. Summary: He … Continue reading
Aim of this little article is to give few insights on basis of the legal framework of labor in The Netherlands, in which seasonal migrant work in agriculture is also attached. A return on legal framework of labor in … Continue reading