The shortening of the citrus campaign in Castellon, caused by the decline in the production of Clemenules, the main variety in the province, will lead to the harvest coming to an end around mid-December. This in turn will result in the loss of approximately 30 million Euro of wages for pickers and warehouse personnel, who this year will see their contracts last a month less than usual.
According to the head of UGT in the fields of Castellon, Ramón Serra, the end of the campaign will cause some 10,000 pickers and more than 6,000 warehouse workers (mainly women) to stop working a few days before Christmas, when the season usually lasts until the middle of January. Some stores and cooperatives in the province have already announced that they will initiate the termination of this type of contracts next week, since the production of late clementines and oranges is low in Castellon.
Temporary employment companies already explained just two weeks ago that the demand for workers from fruit and vegetable companies in the province has been strongly reduced this campaign compared to previous seasons. One of them, Treball al Dia, even gave figures and said that while 1,000 jobs are usually created by Castellon's orange sector, this year that figure will be reduced to just 300.