Ahead of the start of the garlic campaign in the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha, the union CCOO has asked employers to process their job offers through the region's public employment service, which has opened a job bank for agricultural campaigns where more than 6,000 people have already signed up.
"In any case, farm owners should know that there are more than enough laborers in the region to meet their demands, and that it is up to them to process the job offers and to carry out the needed hiring. We will be very vigilant, and we will also demand the reinforcement of the Labor Inspection," said the union.
As regards occupational and public health, they have asked for "preventive measures to be strictly adhered to: PPE, safety distances, transportation to farms or accommodation."
"It is understandable that some producers are unhappy about not being able to work with their usual crews, especially Romanians and Bulgarians, due to the COVID-19 crisis, but the measures adopted by the governments of Spain and Castile-La Mancha are working and the availability of laborers is guaranteed. We don't believe that a single garlic head will be left unharvested due to a lack of laborers," said the union.
Having said this, the union has stressed that, "despite the alarms raised in its day due to the alleged lack of seasonal workers, the campaigns already carried out or currently underway in the region, including those of asparagus in Guadalajara and that of stone fruit in Hellín, have not been disrupted."
In both cases, more than half of the hiring was carried out through the job bank for agricultural campaigns of Castile-La Mancha's public employment service.