The various forms of exploitation of migrant wage-workers occurring predominantly in the agricultural sector in Europe can’t leave us indifferent. Nor can the repression and violence of States and European institutions in response to the massive migratory flows engendered by … Continue reading →
Summary : Very present on the Southwest farms in France, foreign seasonal yet remain largely invisible, and almost never talk about their working conditions. Access to the rights is almost impossible for these workers which combine the factors of isolation, are … Continue reading →
Summarize : The appeal trial of a farmer who employed Senegalese irregularly, making them work up to 13 hours a day without ever paying for them, testifies to the existence of situations close form modern slavery in our land. Yet … Continue reading →
Summary : Last year, Sahrawi Spanish seasonal workers were expelled twice from their makeshift camps, while working day in Libourne vineyards. Both castles that appeal to service providers and have no direct contact with the seasonal, and public authorities are … Continue reading →
Summary : In the Lot-et-Garonne department, the use of foreign seasonal workers – mainly Polish people – to meet the agricultural needs is widespread. For employers, they are a labor hardworking and flexible, unlike local job seekers. A priori, interests … Continue reading →
For immediate release – 03/10/2014 New research by ‘la Confédération Paysanne’ and ‘The Landworkers’ Alliance’ has uncovered the negative impact of the British industrial food production system on its workers. Interviews with workers, trade union representatives and support organisations revealed … Continue reading →
The food sold in British supermarkets can be labelled either as ‘local’, ‘organic’, or even ‘fair trade’ when it comes from overseas countries, but no label guarantees that workers who produced, processed and packaged it in the UK enjoyed fair … Continue reading →
The Landworkers’ Alliance is a producer led organisation campaiging for the rights of small-scale food, fuel and fibre producers and a better food system in Britain. They are members of La Via Campesina. They relayed our press release on Manolada … Continue reading →
Sam Scott is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Gloucestershire. He carried out two researches on forced labour for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In this interview, he comes back to his findings after interviewing over 60 migrant … Continue reading →
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.
Historiquement, l’Alentejo, au Sud du Portugal, est une région de latifundio et de salariés agricoles. En 2014, c’est encore tout à fait d’actualité, car le XXI siècle est aussi celui de l’esclavage moderne. Aujourd’hui, beaucoup de travailleurs viennent de loin, notamment d’Europe de l’Est, pour tenter leur chance dans les immenses champs d’oliviers portugais. Trompés par les mafias, ils finissent par travailler sans salaire ni droits. En finir avec l’exploitation impunie et faire respecter les droits des immigrants est la lutte de l’association Solidariedade Imigrante. Interview de Alberto matos du Solim de Beja.
Un mot sur Alberto Matos et le Solim (Solidariedade Imigrante):
Alberto Matos lutte depuis les années 70 pour la démocratie et contre le fascisme. Après avoir combattu la dictature de Salazar dans la clandestinité, il a continué de militer lors du retour de la démocratique, contre le fascisme, la xénophobie, le capitalisme et l’exploitation des travailleurs. Il a été candidat UDP (União Democrática Popular – Union Démocratique Populaire) à la présidence de 1996.
Il est aujourd’hui le responsable de la Délégation de Beja (Alentejo) de l’associationSolidaridade Imigrante (« Solidarité Immigrant »). Cette dernière, créée en 2001, milite pour la défense des droits des immigrés au Portugal. Son fonctionnement particulier la rend totalement indépendante de la tutelle et des subventions gouvernementales. En effet, elle se finance entièrement par les cotisations des membres (à hauteur de 2€/mois). Refusant l’assistanat promu par les services sociaux étatiques, ce sont les migrants eux-même qui font tourner le Solim. Chaque personne ayant besoin d’aide peut décider de devenir membre et d’aider les autres à son tour. Et les portugais sont évidemment aussi les biens-venus.
Ce fonctionnement assure une réelle indépendance, responsabilisation, prise de pouvoir, prise de conscience politique des membres et permet de tisser des liens durables de solidarité et d’amitié entre les membres.
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 : We estimate that at least a 50% of labor force in the netherland is provided from temporary work agencies, majority of the workers come from Poland. Apparently it seems that there is very few labor violations, but in … Continue reading →
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 →