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(en) France, CNT-AIT, Anarchosyndicalisme #179: Struggle of Spanish harvesters exploited in Champagne (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 24 Jan 2023 09:49:58 +0200

This is the story of a group of 53 Spanish workers. They are unemployed, they are very poor, some are almost homeless. One day, on social networks or by word of mouth, they learn that Moët et Chandon is recruiting pickers for its Champagne vines. They inquire with the recruiter: yes, it's true, Moët is urgently recruiting pickers! The work is remunerated according to the quantities harvested, you can earn from 800 to 1300 Ero for 8 or 9 days of work, the round trip is paid for by Moët, accommodation? Is it almost luxury, the food? Excellent. I'm vegan says one, I'm muslim says another, no problem, there will be halal food as well as for vegans. Health coverage? She is great.
Off they went in a bus provided by Moët. Upon arrival, they must sign the contract; they know French very poorly and there is no translator: they sign; later, they will find out that they have contractually waived health coverage. Then immediately, the harvest which promises to be sumptuous does not wait. None, except one, has ever taken part in a harvest. They do not count the baskets harvested and they will never see statements of their harvest. Vegans and Muslims quickly realize that nothing is planned for them. They go on strike. A picker falls ill, a Doliprane is enough. After a few days, the harvest is over. When getting on the bus, they ask for their payslip and the money: all that will be sent to you in Spain, we answer them! They agree to leave.

Once in Spain, they find that the remuneration paid (they range from Ero238 to Ero732) does not correspond at all to what had been announced to them. They form a collective, then contact the CNT-AIT. A file is put together, letter to the labor inspectorate and to the employer, MHCS; response from the latter: everything was done according to the rules, the performance of the team was much lower than that of the other teams, the wages paid correspond to the minimum minimum wage, etc.

After analysis of the file, and given the low financial stakes, only the path of direct action seems reasonable to us: Moët et Chandon is a subsidiary of Louis Vuiton, a few pickets in front of stores could be enough to make them let go... There, we quickly discover that the collective of workers has dissolved, no worker wants to engage in struggle. How do you defend people who don't want to fight?
Why this renunciation? Clearly, these workers, at first outraged by the way they had been treated, despite, at first, the formation of a collective, why did they have no will to fight? They were simply not aware of belonging to the working class, with all that that implies. They did not see the strength they represented, the power given by solidarity, mutual aid, the extraordinary means of action that direct action constitutes. All these things are, of course, not innate, they are learned and it is because the unions, whose essential task it is, have not done this educational work, that, from the first difficulties, they fled like a flock of sparrows. No wonder since the service unions repeat at will "let us represent you, we will defend your interests within the framework of the law, we take care of everything". This policy has developed in the working class a mentality of assisted people, the story of these grape pickers is once again proof of this.

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