Migrant Farmworkers: Organising and Resisting Before, During and After COVID-19

This webinar, hosted by the Transnational Institute (TNI), brought together farmworker advocates who have been organising and working alongside farmworkers in Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, the United States and across boundaries. In these countries, while farm work has been deemed ‘essential’, the lives of farmworkers have been treated as disposable; states and private companies have done very little to ensure the health and safety of these workers. In fact, there are reports that some farmworkers have been asked to waive their rights in case they contract the virus. The webinar explored local and international strategies that could be adopted to challenge the political, legal and economic structures that result in farmworkers’ subordination.

Speakers:

  • Alagie Jinkang, Ikenga and University of Palermo (Italy)
  • Bridget Henderson, UNITE (UK)
  • Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (USA)
  • Carlos Marentes, La Via Campesina (USA)
  • Vasanthi Venkatesh, Justicia/University of Windsor (Canada)

Facilitators:

*Brid Brennan, Transnational Institute (TNI)
*Manoj Dias-Abey, University of Bristol
*Tomaso Ferrando, University of Antwerp

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