Exploitation of food industry workers: Covid 19 highlights their plight

We know how we get our food to our table. To get it cheaply we rely on exploited workers. The economics of the food industry needs analysing whilst it is under the spotlight of Covid 19. Note suggestions for us to consider https://sustainablefoodfilm.com

Firstly, in the UK, once volunteers were called for to help bring in produce from the fields, replacing the usual migrant workers due to Covid 19 restrictions, they were asked to live in the close quartered, unpleasant farm buildings where desperate migrant workers lived during their seasonal work. Most volunteers refused to take up the work once they saw the dangers of possibly picking up the virus whilst working in the fields and living in unsanitary conditions. So a special government policy was brought to bear to allow the migrants in, mostly from Bulgaria and Romania. The farmers were relieved to sell their produce which they had feared would have to be thrown away if no one picked it.

See https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1748895818762264 and read about the exploitation of workers as viewed by this research in March 2018.

And here we are asked to treat these workers with the respect they deserve. This article back in 2012.

https://www.obv.org.uk/news-blogs/uk-migrant-workers-racism-bullying-and-exploitation

There has been a campaign by ALEC to get workers back into employment before the safety of their workplaces has been solved to their satisfaction.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/01/alec-leading-right-wing-campaign-reopen-economy-despite-covid-19

Documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) show that a powerful corporate lobby front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is playing a leading role in the right-wing movement to push for early reopening of the economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has cost the United States 61,680 lives to date.

About borderslynn

Retired, living in the Scottish Borders after living most of my life in cities in England. I can now indulge my interest in all aspects of living close to nature in a wild landscape. I live on what was once the Iapetus Ocean which took millions of years to travel from the Southern Hemisphere to here in the Northern Hemisphere. That set me thinking and questioning and seeking answers.
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