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Rural workers and migration

Within the Rural Workers and Migration Working Group, we organise collectively to protect the rights of rural workers. In order to survive, agribusiness relies on the exploitation of rural workers and people coming from internal and international migration, some of whom work in conditions of violence and slavery. The exploitation of rural workers goes hand in hand with the pressure on farmers in a system where suppliers of auxiliary materials, traders and large-scale distribution dictate the rules.

The exploitation of people inevitably leads to the exploitation of resources: agribusiness works by grabbing land, water, destroying biodiversity and the health of workers and consumers, for a production that is largely destined for export and in which the workers' share of income is minimal. The issue of women's rights is also fundamental in this case, as they are the majority in this type of agricultural work and suffer doubly from the violence and precariousness caused by agribusiness.

Our work to protect the rights of rural workers includes ensuring that gender is considered in the struggle; bringing together and supporting local struggles; creating local and international alliances of workers; developing common strategies of defence; ensuring public funds do not finance exploitative practices; raising awareness among consumers and creating links with them to put pressure on companies and distributors. This work part of a desire for a transition from an agro-industrial model to an agro-ecological model based on food sovereignty.

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Key objectives

  1. Implementation of the social conditionality clause within the CAP and monitoring of its implementation.
  2. Revision and improvement of the European Directives on the displacement of workers in the EU, the situation of seasonal workers from outside the EU, displaced work and control of intermediary companies.
  3. Share the peasant agrarian model as opposed to the exploitative agro-industrial model, incorporating the concepts of public and participatory governance of food systems, food security and sovereignty and the right to food, resources and biodiversity.

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