Mexico: Rural workers strike against agribusiness exporting to USA, demand better working conditions

Thousands of agricultural workers went on strike in San Quentin Valley, Baja California, to defend their rights and demand better wages and working conditions. The San Quentin valley is a highly productive agricultural region that focuses on the export market, especially to the United States. The Mexican government responded to the rural workers´ strike with repression and lack of dialogue. However, some improvements have been achieved as awareness has been raised among the main companies involved. 

 

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11 May 2015

Mexico: Dozens of protesting farm workers demanding better working conditions injured by police in San Quintin

Author: RT News

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“Dozens of protesting Mexican farm workers injured in clashes with police amid violent crackdown”, 11 May 2015

Hundreds of Mexican farm workers protesting low pay clashed with police in San Quintin, Baja California, resulting in 30 to 70 injuries, according to various reports. The workers accuse the state of “violent repression” after mass police raids…The workers allege that police have been carrying out raids on their homes in the Ensenada municipality without authorization, which resulted in assaults on whole families – including children, according to the website La Jornada…The farm workers were reportedly protesting working conditions and low wages in the state…An investigation into the events is under way, involving a human rights panel…

 

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15 April 2015

Mexico: San Quintin strike evidences the near-slavery conditions of Mexican rural workers

Author: Paula Escalada Medrano, EFE

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“Mexican day laborers, forgotten farmworkers living in near-slavery”, 13 Apr 2015

Stories about forgotten Mexican farm laborers occasionally emerge…but then silence returns and the men and women who sleep on the ground continue supplying the products that fill North America's grocery stores….One of the "rescue operations" happened…when Mexican authorities found almost 200 laborers working in deplorable conditions in a field in Baja California…A report released recently by the Laborers Network said there were more than 2 million farm laborers subject to abuses in Mexico, working in near-slavery, in 18 states…Some 60 percent of laborers are Indians….Some 20 percent of migrant laborers…are minors… The group has documented the deaths of at least 40 children in farm fields since 2007…

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9 April 2015

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

Author: Sandra Dibble, UT San Diego (USA)

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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…

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