The Moroccan government has announced a series of accompanying and advisory measures for the almost 20,000 Moroccan seasonal workers who will go to Spain in stages this year to work on the strawberry and soft fruit campaign.
These measures are featured in the collaboration agreement signed by the Ministry of Employment and the Ministry of Emigration on February 4 in Rabat by Mohamed Yatim and Abdelkrim Benatiq. They include periodic visits of a biministerial commission to Huelva's fields "in coordination with the Spanish authorities."
In addition to the follow-up visits, which already took place last year, the signed agreement also foresees the promotion of leisure activities for the temporary laborers, such as excursions to neighboring Spanish cities or theater plays in Moroccan dialect.
In collaboration with the Three Cultures Institute of Spain, Spanish classes will be taught to the seasonal workers (many of whom do not speak Spanish and are often illiterate).
When it comes to labor and legal advice, the Ministries will print pamphlets and publish messages on social media to inform the temporary workers of their rights, according to Spanish legislation. They also offer them the services of the Moroccan Lawyers Association in Spain and will help them contact relevant Spanish NGO's.
The agreement also highlights the need to strengthen cooperation and dialogue with the Spanish and Andalusian governments in order to prevent problems such as those registered last year, with complaints of sexual assault, poor working conditions and improper use of work visas to stay illegally in Spain (which some 2,500 women did).