Following the agreement signed in January 2014, a minimum wage in the German meat industry has finally come into force. This should be valid for all workers of the German territory slaughterhouses, whether directly employed by the company or employed through subcontractors. Many doubt its actual application and warn against existing practices in order to push or circumvent its application. The full article is available HERE in German on the website of our partner ALSO.
Η δίκη της φράουλας στην Μανωλάδα, η ντροπή! Λίγο περισσότερο από έναν χρόνο στην Ελλάδα, εργάτες γης που είχαν προσληφθεί στα φραουλοχώραφα της Μανωλάδας και διεκδίκησαν τα δεδουλευμένα τους, πυροβολήθηκαν από τους επιστάτες. Αυτές οι βιαιοπραγίες, που έλαβαν χώρα σε … Continue reading →
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 →
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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 →
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.
Migrant workers today: they cut our meat, they take care of our seniors, they harvest our fruits and vegetables and build our homes. The province to major cities, Bulgaria, Poland or Romania to Germany: they leave their countries in hopes … Continue reading →
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 →
27.02.2014 Press Release of ECVC (European coordination Via Campesina) Working group on migrant agricultural workers In recent years, the working group related to the issue of migrant agricultural workers in ECVC has gone through important moments of political and human … Continue reading →