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9 Apr 2015

Sandra Dibble, UT San Diego (USA)

Mexico: Dristoll & BerryMex to raise wages in response to rural workers strike in San Quintin

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“Grower announces pay hikes”, 31 Mar 2015

On the heels of a farm workers strike that threatened one of Baja California’s main agricultural exports, a major U.S. strawberry distributor has announced pay hikes ranging from 20 to 40 percent for its field workers. “This helps raise the bar for everybody,”…[declared]…executive vice president, Driscoll’s of the Americas…Driscoll’s markets and distributes berries grown by Berrymex in the San Quintin area…one of the largest growers in the San Quintin area…At peak periods, as many as 31,000 field workers are employed in the area, according to government figures…Neither executive would say precisely how much workers will be paid under the new scale, only referring to percentages…