On Thursday, January 16, the Andalusian Minister of Employment, Training, and Autonomous Work, Rocio Blanco, stated in an interview on Canal Sur Radio that, despite having a 21.8% unemployment rate, Andalusia hired immigrants to work in the collection of the strawberry in Huelva.
In response, the Vice President of the Board and Minister of Tourism, Regeneration, Justice, and Local Administration, Juan Marin, stated that the hiring of Morrocan workers for the Huelva strawberry campaign was carried out through a procedure established between the Spanish and Moroccan governments.
Marin, who was in Huelva attending the Interfresa awards, spoke with journalists about this situation.
When asked about the counselor's statement, the vice president said he didn't understand how this happened. However, he said, "we can't force the unemployed people from Andalusia to accept a job offer."
He also said that the regulations at the state level needed to be modified to address the cases in which an unemployed person receiving an unemployment benefit rejects a justified and fair salary offer.
In this regard, the vice president said that the procedure established for the arrival of foreign labor, such as the hiring of temporary workers in Morocco, only entered into force if the job offers published by the Andalusian Employment Service published a job offer were not taken, as in Huelva.
It is, he said, part of the bilateral agreements between the Government of Spain and the Government of Morocco to respond to the demand for the labor required by the strawberry campaign at certain given times.