Migrant Farmworkers: Organising and Resisting Before, During and After COVID-19
COVID-19 has laid bare many of the problems with the global food system. Even in ordinary times, migrant farmworkers live and work in overcrowded and dangerous conditions. COVID-19 has ravaged many farmworker communities. Even as states closed their borders to halt the spread of the virus, they found ways to allow farmworkers to migrate. In circumstances where undocumented workers were promised regularization, the measures introduced have been inadequate.
This July 3, 2020 Webinar "Migrant Farmworkers: Organising and Resisting Before, During and After Covid-19" is co-organised by the Institute of Development Policy (University of Antwerp), the University of Bristol Law School, the Canada Caribbean Institute at Brock and University of West Indies and the Transnational Institute (TNI) in co-operation with LVC, UNITE, ITENGA, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Justice for Migrant Workers.
This webinar brings 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.
By sharing the experiences of farmworkers and organisers in a number of important national contexts, we hope to highlight the non-exceptional nature of what happened during the COVID-19 pandemic and to spark a conversation about the local and international strategies that could be adopted to challenge the political, legal and economic structures that result in farmworkers’ subordination.
Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YGZY0aj9TBe7RVk_ldzO4g
- 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)
- Brid Brennan, Transnational Institute (TNI)
- Manoj Dias-Abey, University of Bristol
- Tomaso Ferrando, University of Antwerp