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Invisible workers: Underpaid, exploited and put at risk on Europe’s farms


Euronews

They toil away for hours on end, under blazing sunshine or drenching rain, to cultivate and harvest the fruits and vegetables we so easily take for granted.

As the coronavirus pandemic swept across Europe, those helping to bring food to our plates suddenly became visible, even hailed as "essential workers". But for the past six decades, the European Union's farming policy has overlooked their labour rights and living conditions.

The EU’s common agricultural policy – which accounts for over a third of the bloc's budget – aims to support farm owners and pumps nearly €60 billion into the sector each year. The working conditions of those employed by these farms, however, are not even mentioned in the subsidies scheme.

"At the moment we have this crazy situation where we actually have better protection for animals than for some of these workers on our farms," said German Green MEP Daniel Freund. (...)

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https://youtu.be/YppH-6WhAn0

Tags: #europe #europen union #labour #labour rights #agricuture #spain #france #exploitation #migrant workers #meat #meat production #vegetables #fruit #germany #social dumping #farming #farming policy #living conditions #working conditions
 

Invisible workers: Underpaid, exploited and put at risk on Europe’s farms


Euronews

They toil away for hours on end, under blazing sunshine or drenching rain, to cultivate and harvest the fruits and vegetables we so easily take for granted.

As the coronavirus pandemic swept across Europe, those helping to bring food to our plates suddenly became visible, even hailed as "essential workers". But for the past six decades, the European Union's farming policy has overlooked their labour rights and living conditions.

The EU’s common agricultural policy – which accounts for over a third of the bloc's budget – aims to support farm owners and pumps nearly €60 billion into the sector each year. The working conditions of those employed by these farms, however, are not even mentioned in the subsidies scheme.

"At the moment we have this crazy situation where we actually have better protection for animals than for some of these workers on our farms," said German Green MEP Daniel Freund. (...)

Full article

https://youtu.be/YppH-6WhAn0

Tags: #europe #europen union #labour #labour rights #agricuture #spain #france #exploitation #migrant workers #meat #meat production #vegetables #fruit #germany #social dumping #farming #farming policy #living conditions #working conditions
 
Surely these are the perfect British jobs for British Brexiteer people? The Leave supporters keep talking about how Britain can sustain itself with British produce, shouldn't they all be rushing to pick British fruit and veg on British farms? Why aren't Farage, Rees-Mogg and the ERG actively encouraging British workers to fill these British jobs?

Tonnes of crops left to rot as farms struggle to recruit EU workers | Business | The Guardian

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #BritishJobs #BritishWorkers #farming #food #fruit #vegetable #work
 
Oh, come on, won't hurt him one bit. His supporters will just dismiss it with something along the lines of "it's only our money we're getting back". That's their argument for any money the UK gets back from the EU, "it's our money anyway, at least once we're out of the EU we can decide ourselves where it goes". That it will then disappear in some big Westminster budget and the poorer communities who currently most benefit of EU money won't get anything is beyond them. We need to do better than "look, a Brexiteer is benefiting from EU money". It doesn't work.

Brexit enforcer Cummings’ farm took €235,000 in EU handouts | Politics | The Guardian

#Brexit #UK #EU #politics #money #subsidies #DominicCummings #farm #farming
 
Late good morning with a picture of a watchful Islay calf:
Calf on the lookout, Isle of Islay | Islay Pictures Photoblog
#Islay #Scotland #picture #photoblog #photo #photography #calf #cattle #cow #farm #farming
Calf on the lookout, Isle of Islay
 
Good morning with a view from an Islay coastal farm:
Cattle on Carn Mòr, Coull Farm, Isle of Islay | Islay Pictures Photoblog
#Islay #Scotland #picture #photoblog #photo #photography #cattle #coast #beach #landscape #farm #farming #cows
Cattle on Carn Mòr, Coull Farm, Isle of Islay
 
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