Tomato pickers in Morocco Earn Less Than a Poverty Wage
Last year, we revealed that tomato pickers in our hotspot in Morocco are often paid poverty wages which cover only a third to a half of their costs of living. The industry also employs predominantly women in the lowest paid work because, culturally, they are less likely to cause a fuss and do unlovely things, such as organise and demand better wages.
Pineapple Workers in the Philippines Don't Get Equal Pay for Equal Work
We also showed how contractual workers in the Philippines were paid a little over half that their counterparts who are directly employed by Del Monte Philippines or Dolefil earn. Yet, they make up 85% of the workforce, and do exactly the same jobs as these so-called regular workers. Worse still, contractual workers should really only work for six months at a time. This means that they do not qualify for many benefits that are enjoyed by their colleagues, and risk being laid off every six months or so.
Shrimp Peelers in Thailand Work Extremely Long Hours to Make Ends Meet
In Thailand, we have been looking into the shrimp industry. You may have seen reports about the situation for the fishermen, but may not know that the situation is as bad in the processing factories. Here, in an industry worth over 1 billion USD, there are many reports that show that the workers on the processing floors have to work really long hours, and some are not even paid the minimum wage in Thailand. In fact, the hourly rate for the workers in the processing plants is so low, they rely on overtime to help them make ends meet.
Take the Pledge
Since so many workers in the food sector are not able to meet the needs of their families because their wages are so low, we asked ourselves what better way to show our appreciation than by pledging to work towards getting them a living wage this year? We’d love you to join us, by signing our Pledge.