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 →
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.
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 →
Germany, the leading European food industry is increasingly criticized for the social and environmental price for its economic success. Only two weeks after my arrival in Lower Saxony, I have already seen the devastating effects of its operation. For years, thousands of posted workers suffer abuses of unscrupulous subcontractors. Through these “service contracts” large groups such as Tönnies, Danish Crown, Heidemark, Vion “rent” contract workers. These service contracts can circumvent the German labor law and to drastically cut wages. Beyond the damage suffered by the employees, this creates a problem of unfair competition. Most of these contract workers are from Eastern Europe (Romania, Poland, Bulgaria) and are subject to daily pressures. They are willing to accept conditions of living and working close to slavery, for fear of losing their jobs and having to return home without money.
The testimonies of some former slaughterhouse workers report numerous violations of the rights of unsustainable rates, threats … Given the particular problem in the Lower Saxony region a consultancy mobile cell and access to rights was mounted in the program Faire Mobilität. More and more exploited workers use them. One of the counselors testify situations observed and the mafia look of subcontracting companies. For her the imposition of a minimum wage does present a partial solution if the checks were conducted on the workplace but also in life. According to her the exploitation of migrant workers in Lower Saxony receives little interest from public opinion, more concerned about the breeding conditions and slaughter of animals.
After nearly 3 months in Germany to work on migrant agricultural seasonal and the state of the peasant farming, I saw through the windows of my car monocultures of any kind, intensive breeding supply mega-installations, and funny big white bubble … Continue reading →
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 →
SOUTH ITALY – THE INVISIBLE WORKFORCE In the agricultural zones of southern Italy, undocumented migrants move from one region to another, following the harvests in search of work. In August and September, the fields are dotted with tomato pickers. Segregated … Continue reading →
Socle commun de la Coordination européenne Via Campesina (ECVC) Nous considérons que l’emploi agricole et rural en Europe et dans le monde doit être une priorité des politiques agricoles. La politique européenne agricole actuelle, liée aux intérêts de l’OMC et … Continue reading →
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 →
Summary: 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.”
Résumé : Le recours à des contrats type « OMI » a permis d’externaliser le risque sanitaire : les travailleurs doivent quitter la France à chaque fin de contrat et ne bénéficient pas d’un suivi médical opérant. Donc il semble que les maladies professionnelles … Continue reading →