The National Democratic Independent Farm Workers Union (SINDJA) is calling upon all sister organizations to participate in the International Global Action against the transnational corporation Driscoll’s — one of the most exploitive agricultural companies in the San Quintín Valley, Baja California. Workers are demanding:
- Freedom to unionize
- Collective contract with SINDJA
- No more sexual harassment
- Daycare centers
- Fair wages
Driscoll’s, and the companies which supply them berries, such as BerryMex, Moramex, Santo Domingo, Martín Reyes, Munguia, etc, besides paying miserable wages, they deny unions free access to their employees. In contrary, all their workers that organize or affiliate with another independent union are fired. And also workers are only hired under the condition that they are not affiliated with the Regional Confederation of Mexican Workers (CROM).
For this and many more abuses, we invite everyone to shout with one united voice, on September 29.
Caravan for a Fair Wage and Decent Life sets out
Last March 4th, the Caravan for a Fair Wage and Decent Life began with a blockade of the Transpeninsular Highway by the day laborers from the fields of the San Quintin Valley. The workers then went on to cover 3,000 kilometers, arriving in Mexico City on March 17th.
Two years ago, the strike of thousands of farm workers brought to light the appalling conditions in which at least 80,000 men, women and children toil as day laborers in Baja California agribusiness. The hours are long, up to 14 hours a day with no rest on the weekends at a deplorable wage, with no vacations, no social security and no decent housing with basic services. Striking workers denounced human rights violations, and especially sexual abuse and harassment of the mainly indigenous women workers by the foremen.
In response to a call sent out by the National Democratic Independent Farm Workers Union (SINDJA) and the Alliance of National, State and Municipal Organizations for Social Justice, this year’s Caravan was organized to protest non-compliance of agreements reached with federal and state government officials in Baja California. The struggle continues for decent wages and benefits, the right to social security and an end to the sexual harassment of women.
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We will continue our resistance, boycotting Driscoll’s for a better life and a better future for farmworkers’ families in San Quintín.
National Democratic Independent Union of Agricultural Workers
September 7, 2016
To all organizations
To all democratic unions
To all communities
To all autonomous committees
To the media
We Clarify and Reiterate the Driscoll’s Boycott is in Full Force
The Alliance of National, State and Municipal Organizations for Social Justice (AONEMJS) and the National Democratic Independent Union of Agricultural Workers (SINDJA) state the following:
After more than a year of struggle that began in the San Quintín Valley of Baja California when more than 80,000 farmworkers rose up in protest in order to improve their working and living conditions, we remain in resistance. In front of government bodies we have reported on the inhumane conditions that farm working families live with daily, our voices have been heard in the Mexican Congress, in the the United Nations, and even in Geneva.
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Two years earlier, a slogan had spread like a dust cloud: fair wages. There was already talk of a “crazy idea”: they had to rise up.