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2 years after the events that took place in Rosarno, the struggle for the respect of farmers and seasonal workers rights continues

European Coordination Via Campesina  - PRESS RELEASE -BRUSSELS, January 11th

On January 7th, 2010  the African workers employed to harvest citrus fruit in Rosarno, Italy expressed their anger.

This legitimate revolt was triggered by racism, unacceptable working and housing conditions and unpaid wages. It shocked public opinion by highlighting the situations of unsustainable exploitation of the workers.

The mobilization of African workers has increased  solidarity between the small-scalefarmers who no longer have any income and farm workers. It has also created favorable conditions for the self-organization of the workers. This action has led to the granting of residence and entreprenreurship permits in Rome, and in Nardo in August 2011 to the longest ever seasonal workers' strike  in Italy to demand better working and pay conditions.

For years the farmers' unions that are members of the European Coordination Via Campesina and associations or agricultural workers' unions have been struggling together to impose the acceptance of peasant farming, agro-ecological practiceand solidarity. (This is the specific case of the campaign "SOS Rosarno" which involves migrant workers, small-scale farmers whose livelihoods have been destroyedby supermarkets, small retailers and consumers).

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How to improve the rights of the seasonal workers in agriculture?

Press release Turin, 4th of February 2010

The Working group “seasonal workers, migrations and agriculture” of the European Coordination Via Campesina met on the 29th and 30th of January 2010 in Turin, 15 days after the events in Rosarno.

The working group agreed that:

  • The Common Agricultural Policy has supported the concentration and industrialization of the European agricultural production leading to the impoverishment and disappearance of many peasants and has increased the exploitation of workers.

  • The events of Rosarno form part of a migratory policy indifferent to respect for human rights, a practice unfortunately widespread throughout Europe and generated by a globalisation of economic exchanges to the detriment of populations and a just distribution of common goods.

 

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Help us stop the construction of the border wall!

For many years we have been struggling against the atrocity being built by Bush at the US-Mexico border. Now, we are in a crucial stage of our efforts to stop the wall.

About a month ago, the government started to build the wall in our border region: El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua; the rural area of El Paso and Hudspeth counties and the Valley of Juárez (from Ciudad Juárez to El Porvenir); and Sunland Park, New Mexico and Anapra, Juárez, México. This wall of death that they are planning to construct will be more than 18 ft. high and almost 60 miles long at a cost of 7.5 million dollars per mile.

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March against the wall

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