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October 9th, 2013, 17:57
Yeah, this was happening here as well in Quebec. Especially when it came to jobs in the fields that have to be done manually or at least somewhat. (Collecting various berries and vegetables).

It wasn't just for the money though, the farmers were simply unable to find willing labor, so they hired Mexican & south american workers.

So government stepped in, they put programs for workers from those country to come work seasonal jobs. In return they are guaranteed wages and conditions that are the same as regular workers that live here.

I won't say there's no abuse since that would be utopic. But I see quite a few of them in my hometown and from speaking with them I'd say they seem quite happy. They have much better wages(5 to 10 times) and conditions than they'd have back home. ( 10.15$ per hour or more …although I'd be surprised if it was more or a by weight collected for those who work strawberries and raspberries fields)

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