[Marxism] Mexican farm workers strike
philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 02:42:58 MDT 2015
Thousands of farm workers in the Mexican state of Baja California walked
out of the fields on Tuesday, March 17, at the peak of the winter harvest
This strike pits against each other two diametrically-opposed social
forces. On the one side, there are some of the biggest and richest
companies in the world. The large farms in Baja, about 200 miles south of
San Diego, specialize entirely in produce for the U.S. market – for big
companies that we all know: Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, Albertsons, and
others. Mexico’s produce exports to the U.S. are a business worth more than
7.5 billion US dollars a year.
On the other side are fruit pickers, the vast majority of whom are
indigenous people from the southern states of Mexico. Many of them are
illiterate and don’t even speak much Spanish. Trying to escape extreme
poverty, they have migrated hundreds of miles north, only to be caught up
in extremely bad working and living conditions.
The companies pay the fruit pickers as low as . . .
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