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Rosa Luxemburg Foundation on Farmworkers: Considered essential but exploited. Online events

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung organizes an international series of online events between late March and May 2021 under the title “Farmworkers: Considered essential but exploited”. This series of three online events seeks to highlight the experiences of farmworkers and shed light on their working and living realities. The series will discuss, among others, the following questions: Who are farmworkers? What are their working and living realities? What role does migration and migrant labour play in the agricultural sector, especially migrant women farmworkers? What approaches to organizing them and making their interests more visible are available to trade unions and other worker organizations? Are there ongoing processes of self-organisation, and what are their demands? What needs to be done to improve their lives?

All these questions and more will be discussed with farmworker representatives and farmworkers themselves from various parts of the world.

Each event will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation. Further details below

Farmworkers: Rendering Visible the Invisible
Thursday, 25 March 2021, 10:00 Buenos Aires (ART), 14:00 Berlin (CET), 15:00 Johannesburg (SAST) and 18:30 New Delhi (IST)

  • Patrick Konde, Unione Sindacale di Base (USB), Italy
  • Colette Solomon, Women on Farms (WoF), South Africa
  • María Eugenía Apartado, FENSUAGRO, Colombia
  • Vijoo Krishnan, All India Farmers Union, India

Moderation: Jan Urhahn, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Southern Africa

Registration required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TZb6hvXoQUazTTgu2dhaTg


Migrant Labour on the World’s Farms

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 10:00 Buenos Aires (ART), 15:00 Berlin (CEST), 15:00 Johannesburg (SAST) and 18:30 New Delhi (IST)

  • Sudhir Katiyar, Centre for Labor Research and Action, India
  • tbc, Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union, (CSAAWU), South Africa
  • Benjamin Luig, European Migrant Workers Union (EMWU), IG BAU, Germany
  • Sinthia Hernandez, Lideres Campesinas, USA

Moderation: Tauqueer Ali Sabri, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, South Asia 

Registration required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cv-e6jQuTiiNVAcP1ZkZGg 


The Struggle for Farmworker Organization

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 10:00 Buenos Aires (ART), 15:00 Berlin (CEST), 15:00 Johannesburg (SAST) and 18:30 New Delhi (IST)

  • Anuradha Talwar, Paschim Banga Khet Majoor Samity, India
  • Alicia Muñoz, Union of rural women workers and sea workers (ANAMURI), Chile
  • Roman Pinal, United Farmworkers (UFW), USA
  • Heiner Köhnen, Transnationals Information Exchange (tie), Germany

Moderation: Patricia Lizarraga, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Southern Cone 

Registration required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kp9GkWIHTmKerI9Z_tspZA