January 29th will be a round table concerning seasonal agricultural workers in intensive agriculture. It will take place on the campus of Montpellier SupAgro, Building 9, 208 Amphitheater.
Category Archives: Spain
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Seminar Agriculture & migration – Bergamo, Italy, 24&25 october 2013
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
Report 2012 by the International Federation for Human Rights : imported workers for exported strawberries
Summary: In Huelva, Andalusia, intensive strawberry cultivation, for export at an early stage to European markets calls for a few months of the year to abundant temporary workers (over 50 000), mainly of migrant workers. In order to both meet … Continue reading
Kit Agricultural Migrant Workers’ Rights: Romanian & Polish
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
Another chain in Europe’s agro-industry
ROMANIAN WOMEN ’PICKED’ FOR THE STRAWBERRY HARVEST IN SPAIN : ANOTHER CHAIN IN EUROPE’S AGRO-INDUSTRY On the 25th and 26th November, 1700 women traveled from all over Romania to the town of Slatina in the south-western plains of the country, in … Continue reading
The crisis for the poor.
Summary: The agricultural crisis is hitting the undocumented migrants in the province of Almeria. The scarcity of seasonal hiring constrain them to a life on the margins, in chabolas (rudimentary constructions made of recycled materials) and cortijos (old houses of … Continue reading
In the lion’s mouth.
Summary: P. is a large food company in the region of Almeria. Most of its 4,000 hectares are dedicated to the export of iceberg lettuce over Europe. Far from suffering from the crisis the company has benefited doubly; the crisis … Continue reading
In the land of black gold workers sleeping on the street.
Summary: In the Jaén region thousands of workers are needed for the olive harvest. For years the seasonal migrants have provided the bulk of the workforce but since the economic context brings local workers to turn to agriculture. So there … Continue reading
Hard-working and neat !
In Huelva in Andalucia’s strawberry harvest is partly ensured by many Moroccan migrant women. Through agreements between Spain and Morocco workers are selected and brought in the south of Spain for crops. They are all mothers considered as more docile than men and more likely to return to Morocco, once the season ended, than those who do not have children. So they come without their families and are housed in groups often in opaque conditions. For the Moroccan State such initiatives allow to generate revenue abroad while fighting against illegal immigration.
In 2008 a group of Senegalese women hired through the same types of agreements have escaped from the plantations and their “lures, disappointments and humiliations.”
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Outils juridiques pour les droits des travailleurs saisonniers
Résumé : Des kits juridiques, rédigés en plusieurs langues, permettent aux travailleurs saisonniers de connaître leurs droits. Leurs liens de téléchargement sont disponibles dans cet article. Dans le cadre de son travail sur la servitude en agriculture et les travailleurs … Continue reading
Andalusia : imported women for exported strawberries
The Origin’s Contracts system allows farmers in the region of Huelva in Andalucia to bring thousands of Moroccans, Romanians, Bulgarians and Poles workers for the strawberry harvest each year. Employers prefer women (more “docile”) and mothers to ensure a return to the country at the end of the season. This system know many abuses (unpaid hours, unsanitary accommodation) and compress the costs for labor and yet captures European funds for the fight against racism and xenophobia (project “Equal Area” or “Aeneas Cartaya “).
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