Virus in migrantski delavci

Nova grenka zgodba o vzhodnoevropskih sezonskih, migrantskih delavkah in delavcih, ki na stari celini garajo na poljih, v nasadih in sadovnjakih ter katerih delo je med samim izbruhom novega koronavirusa postalo še bolj nevarno in prekarno. Zgodba o velikem izkoriščanju delovne sile, o stiskah, ki ljudi potiskajo čez rob, o odgovornih, ki ne ukrepajo v dovolj veliki meri, o tveganem in zahtevnem delavskem boju …

People like Bahan, Farlui and Mitache are essentially hidden from the world. Their huts or housing containers are usually located outside municipalities, and surrounded by hedges, screens or barbed wire. They are meant to remain invisible.

But the coronavirus has shone a light on the precarious conditions of the migrant workers, on the risk of infections in the cramped accommodations where they live – and on the politicians’ lack of interest in their situation.

With the establishment of the European Labor Authority last year, an institution now exists that has been tasked with guaranteeing “fair mobility” for seasonal workers and “encouraging” inspections of companies. So far, though, it hasn’t led to much improvement. This is also partly due to the fact that Europe’s most powerful instrument for agricultural policy doesn’t take human welfare standards into account. Working conditions don’t affect where the billions in subsidies are distributed.”

Več v članku (v angleščini) nemške revije Der Spiegel: The Systematic Exploitation of Harvest Workers in Europe