Summary: In the Andravida-Kyllini municipality, in 2014, it is a Greek citizen of Syrian origin who was elected mayor. The fact that he immigrated did not hinder his election, as, in the same time, Golden Dawn, fascist party of extreme … Continue reading
Author Archives: Alice
Mobilisations of farm workers, from yesterday to today
The Italian social movement of the 20th century is characterized by duality. While northern Italy, urban and industrialized, was shaken by the challenge of labor organizations, southern, rural Italy, lived to the rhythm of the mobilizations of agricultural workers. Since … Continue reading
Who exploit migrant workers in citrus fruit industry ?
On February 24, the English magazine “The ecologist” published a survey of the citrus production conditions in the plain of Gioia Tauro (Calabria), denouncing the exploitation and ghettoization of African seasonal workers . Journalists which directly implicated the responsibility of … Continue reading
Desillusion in the fields !
Summary: a visit of orchards and market gardens of Murcia in Spain. The intense speculation and aesthetic standards imposed by the global market make the citrus sale price too low to guarantee a decent income to producers or agricultural workers. … Continue reading
Rosarno on sunday
Summary: Rosarno looks like a disaster site, modeled by the violence of neoliberalism. Numerous seasonal workers go daily on the “piazza” hopping an hiring for the day. Outside these times the city seems dead, there are no public places where … Continue reading
Camps for Rosarno
On January 17, Andrea Riccardi, Minister for Cooperation, Immigration and Integration in government Monti was visiting Rosarno (Calabria) to realize the situation. Each year, between the months of November and March, the municipality of 15,000 inhabitants “host” hundreds of seasonal … Continue reading
The work of Moroccan unions and the need to gather movements
The search for profit inherent to economic functioning of our societies pushes companies to settle and produce at lower cost. The unions maximizing profits to the detriment of workers and their rights, only productivity account. In this context of competition … Continue reading
Oranges on the threes : history of an agricultural and social crisis.
Summary: Oranges in Rosarno are for industry, the industrial model promoted in the area is viable only thanks to subsidies. Changes in allocation policy and lower purchase prices have made it more profitable to stop pickking oranges and to leave … Continue reading
The Assembly of African Workers of Castel Volturno, following the journey in Campania.
Appiah and Filipo are two friends engaged in a struggle different of the ones of unions, associations of lawyers. Both live in Castel Volturno, only one was born there. Appiah is Ghanaian, Filipo is Italian. Both believe that only the … Continue reading
Polish in the Netherlands: seasonal workers under surveillance.
Summary: The Netherlands has a great need for labor, especially in agriculture, though this need is accompanied by a xenophobic, partly directed against the 100 000 Polish temporary workers living there. Seasonal are hired by agencies in Poland, their wages … Continue reading
After the dismantling of the communist-era industry, ex-workers become market gardeners
Summary: testimony of a group of market gardeners. In the days of Ceausescu industry had developed and there was work for everyone. But, eventually, factories were sold to foreign and dismantled. Some have turned to market gardening to maintain income … Continue reading
Exploited but resigned : meeting moldavess small farmers and seasonal workerss.
Summary: Sylvie during her mission went to meet farmers and farm workers of Romanian Moldavia to raise awareness of the Via Campesina and the Confederation Paysanne. People who migrate to be seasonal workers in Western Europe are often aware of … Continue reading
Article written by Spitou Mendy, spokesperson of SOC Almeria.
Summary: a text written by Spitou Mendy, spokesman of the Union of Agricultural Workers (SOC) Almeria section. In the region of Almeria small businesses, family farms and farm workers suffer the rules of agribusiness wich is destroying the peasantry and … Continue reading
The uncertain future of the Polish countryside
We walk through the cold and deserted streets of Hołowianki, in silence, in the crystal clear air of this hamlet of 300 inhabitants, belonging to the municipality of Sabnie, a hundred kilometers east of Warsaw. Everything is still here, during … Continue reading
Ziarno : a different way to conceive countryside.
Ziarno (“grain”) is an organic farm in Grzybów, one of the 18 hamlets of the commune of Słubice (5000 inhabitants), 80 km west of Warsaw. The association was born officially in 1995, thanks to the tireless work of Ewa (originally … Continue reading