LET'S HELP MIGRANT WORKERS DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS !

1Round Remaining 31 days
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€ 240
Minimum
€ 24.000
Optimum
€ 44.000
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About this project

PROVIDE MIGRANT WORKERS FROM AGRICULTURAL SECTOR WITH LEGAL MEANS TO DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS
Needs Infrastructure Minimum Optimum
LABOUR LAWYER
With this amount of money, we could strengthen our legal team by hiring a full-time lawyer for one year to empower migrant workers to defend themselves against multiple cases of abuse and also be able to respond legally to the frequent attacks from the agricultural sector. This amount takes into account Goteo's service fees as well as the costs that the rewards would incur for donors.
€ 24.000
RECEPTION/ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER FOR MIGRANT WORKERS
With this amount of money we could hire a full time person for one year to welcome, inform, guide, support and train these migrant workers in our premises.We have premises but unfortunately no staff due to lack of resources ! This amount takes into account Goteo's service fees as well as the costs that the rewards would incur for donors.
€ 20.000
Total € 24.000 € 44.000
Necessary
Supplemental

General information

Background :
Known as “Europe´s vegetable garden” or “The sea of plastic”, Almeria region is the mecca of intenssive agriculture in EU.
The success of the intensive agricultural model of the region has been made posible by the use of highly vulnerable populations, “cheap labour” characterized by a high illiteracy rate with difficulties in handling the language of the host country, many of them in an irregular situation, lacking obligatory work documents, including single women, are forced to live in one of Almeria many shanty towns, with their children.
A significant number of these migrants from Africa arrive on the coast of Andalusia by 'patera' (small boats), often risking their lives.
Mains abuses faced by migrant workers from the greenhouses :

  • Wages paid below the minimun legal wage (5€ per hour).
  • Working from monday to sunday (sometimes up to 12h, 14h per day).
  • Many migrants works often working without a contract or social security.
  • Overtime rarely paid.
  • There also exists a type of 'contract blackmail'( A really widespread practice): Employeers who pay their employees very little or nothing in return for the promise of an employment contract, which is indispensable for the application for a residence permit.

Our organisation is totally independant and does not receive any subsidies from the spanish state.
Given the needs of the growing number of migrant workers We need more staff urgently !!!
That's why we decided to organize this crowdfunding. We cannot abandon these workers who are essential to the running of our economies and societies !

1) We need to hire a full-time lawyer to strengthen our legal department and meet the growing demand from workers who are victims of workplace abuse or in vulnerable situations regarding their adminstrative situation in the territory.
2) We need a full-time person to inform, guide, support and train these migrants.

Here are some press links about our work and the situation of migrant workers in Almeria :

https://www.rtbf.be/article/des-legumes-bio-au-gout-de-scandale-humanitaire-10672224
https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2019/09/02/en-andalousie-plongee-dans-l-enfer-des-serres-de-la-tomate-bio_5505296_3244.html
https://pages.rts.ch/emissions/abe/10784213-le-bio-pas-si-logique.html
https://www.dw.com/de/migration-der-garten-der-gesetzlosen/a-47830996
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/sep/20/we-pick-your-food-migrant-workers-speak-out-from-spains-plastic-sea
https://ec.europa.eu/migrant-integration/news/essential-workers-almeria-live-slums-and-lack-ppe-against-covid-19_fr
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-52319537
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8UeyXjBFNw

Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.

Every year, our union files around 800 lawsuits (legal actions) in the provincial court of law , not only for abuse or infringement of workers' rights but also for human rights violations. In 90% of the cases filed, the courts agree with us, forcing the perpetrators of the abuses and/or offences to compensate the victims.
At the moment we can rely on the support of two lawyers and a legal adviser, but this is not enough to cope with the volume of requests
The work of our organisation has been the focus of attacks and intimidation from agribusiness lobbies. The last few years have been marked by an increasing number of physical and moral attacks as well as legal actions being taken against members of our union by representatives of the agricultural sector. A real campaign of repression is being carried out in order to try to silence our struggles and demands. It should be underlined that this campaign of oppression is supported by some extreme right-wing media.
That s the reason why we need to strengthen our legal department.

  1. We need to hire a full-time lawyer and meet the growing demand from workers who are victims of workplace abuse or in vulnerable situations regarding their adminstrative situation in the territory but also to respond to the multiple attempts from the big corporations against our organisation.
    Some of the claims filed by that lobby have already been won by the current legal team of our union.
  2. We need a full-time person to inform, guide, support and train these migrants. We already have a space in the heart of the locality that hosts the most hectares of organic crops in San Isidro (Nijar) but unfortunately our current financial means do not allow us to equip this space with staff.The same situation is happening with our premises in El Ejido, right in the centre of a region, where the worst working conditions are to be found : Here too, our financial means do not allow us to have a permanent staff member.
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Why this is important

This region produces food labelled with the most prestigious organic and ethical labels and supplies all the leading supermarket chains and specialist shops in Europe.Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Denmark and also Switzerland are the main customers of Almeria.
Let us not forget that it is thanks to these people that we had food during the Covid pandemic19.
We cannot abandon these workers who are essential to the running of our economies and societies !

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Team and experience

Our organisation handles an average of 6000 enquiries per year ( These enquiries concern, abuse at work, human rights abuses, administrative regularisation, housing problems ect).This is a huge amount of work.
Our daily actions :

  • Welcoming and informing abused migrant workers with or without a residency permit in our premises in Almeria.
    Throughout the year, our organisation is dedicated to carrying out tasks of legal and social advice and defence , trials as well as organising training workshops, intervening in workplaces, organising assemblies and local participation groups.
    Among our mains actions:
  • Hunt for unscrupulous employers who do not comply with their obligations regarding labor and employment legislation and violate the rights of migrant workers.
  • Raising awareness and providing information to migrant workers about their legal rights in the two main branches of the agricultural sector in Almeria (greenhouses and packing plants) and by organising trade union actions.
    -Accompanying employees before legal and mediation bodies.
    -Solidarity with illegal workers : Raising awareness and providing information about their rights.
    -Organisation of exchange day and information.
    Throughout the year :
    -Organisation of spanish language course classes to facilitate the inclusion of these people.
    -Awareness of the toxicity of crops protection products, many workers are exposed to pesticides in greenhouses, without wearing protection or having been made aware of the handling of these products.
    Our DNA :
    The fight against social exclusion, vulnerable employment, processes of marginalisation and discrimination, the defence of decent working conditions and decent living conditions, the promotion of social justice and social dialogue are part of our DNA.
    As a member of La Via Campesina we are leading, with the help of our international allies, powerful commercial pressure campaigns to denounce companies that violate labour legislation and to inform conscientious consumers.
    At the legal level :
    Every year, our union files around 800 lawsuits (legal actions) in the provincial court of law , not only for abuse or infringement of workers' rights but also for human rights violations. In 90% of the cases filed, the courts agree with us, forcing the perpetrators of the abuses and/or offences to compensate the victims.
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Social commitment

Sustainable Development Goals

  • No poverty

    Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

  • Responsible Production and Consumption

    Responsible Production and Consumption

  • Reduced Inequalities

    To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth

    Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

  • Clean Water and Sanitation

    Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.

  • Gender Equality

    Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

  • Good Health and Well-Being

    Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

  • Zero Hunger

    The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

  • Partnerships for the Goals

    Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development