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More than 200 people were arrested by police in the Mexican border state of Baja California on Wednesday in an attempt to clamp down on protests by farmworkers demanding higher wages. The farmworkers, who had blocked roads, including the transpeninsular highway south of the coastal city of Ensenada, were arrested on charges of vandalism, according to media reports.  

The arrests came hours after the office of Governor Franciso Vega de Lamadrid said that they were ready to negotiate with the protesters’ representatives. However, a statement released by the office added that state authorities were committed to ensuring the safety of residents and keeping the roads open. The protesters have presented a list of demands, which includes raising wages from the current $8 a day to $20, health benefits, overtime pay, and an end to sexual harassment by their employers, according to media reports.

“The authorities reiterated the call for protesters to focus on dialogue and avoid actions that affect the general population … there will be no tolerance for those who exploit the demonstrations to act outside the law,” the statement said.

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More than 50,000 Mexican farmworkers are striking in Baja California, violently demonstrating against low pay, abuses and poor working conditions. As millions of dollars worth of crops rot in the fields, protest leaders are set to meet with growers.

Farmworkers are burning tires and throwing rocks in Baja, an agricultural border state that supplies millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, strawberries and other produce to the US. Hundreds of protesters have blocked the Transpeninsular Highway, the main north-south highway, on and off as the strike has spread across the state, the Associated Press reported.

Demonstrators are demanding healthcare, overtime pay, days off, water, breaks, an end to arbitrary firings and abuse ‒ especially sexual abuse ‒ by field bosses, and for wages to be raised to about $20 a day. Currently, most farmworkers earn $8-10 for a full day of labor spent stooped over the crops in hot-house farms.

Thousands of farmworkers strike against work conditions in Mexico’s San Quintin Valley

by Editor · March 25, 2015

Farmworkers block the highway through San Quintin in protest of labor conditions. (Screenshot of a video published by La Jornada Baja California)

Thousands of farmworkers are on strike in the Mexican agricultural hub of San Quintin. The protests erupted last week with farmworkers blocking a key highway of the Baja California peninsula to call for better working conditions at a group of agribusiness operations that supply the U.S. market. Shannon Young reports.

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So many farmworkers are participating in the San Quintin strike that media in the region just south of the Mexican border with California describe it more as a rebellion than a protest. When the strike first began on Tuesday, March 17th as many as half of the area’s 75 thousand farmworkers refused to show up to harvest the fruits and vegetables now ripe for export to U.S. markets.

The government responded with a quick and heavy hand.

State police in armored vehicles shot tear gas and rubber bullets at farmworkers blocking the Transpeninsular Highway and cell phone footage of the crackdown went viral. Police made around 200 arrests and soldiers were sent in to keep watch over the area mega-farms owned by a politically connected elite.

The vast majority of the farmworkers in the fields of San Quintin are indigenous migrant laborers from Mexico’s poorest states: Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero. Their demands include raising the daily minimum wage to the equivalent of about $20, reducing the average workday from 12 to eight hours, payment of overtime for work performed on Sundays, the right to organize independent of the official unions and an end to rampant sexual abuse of women in the fields.

“There are labor laws but they aren’t respected,” one woman told regional outlet Plex, without giving her name. “The bosses give us areas to clear that are far too big and they pay us a pittance. When I worked at the Núñez farm they paid me 50 pesos [just over $3] a day because they said I didn’t work fast enough and that I couldn’t say anything about it. I’m defending myself because nobody has given me any justice!”

Since the initial crackdown, state authorities have shifted into damage control mode, announcing a handful of social benefit programs and agreeing to direct negotiations with the farmworkers. The outcome of those negotiations may determine the fate of the valley’s spring harvest.

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Bloquean jornaleros carretera transpeninsular en BC

Bloquean jornaleros carretera transpeninsular en BC

Ciudad de México 17 de marzo de 2015 (Círculo Digital).- Desde la madrugada de hoy martes, cerca de 800 jornaleros del Valle de San Quintín bloquean la carretera Transpeninsular, que conecta a Baja California con Baja California Sur, en demanda de una mesa de diálogo con autoridades estatales.

Los inconformes han impedido la circulación en cinco diferentes puntos del sur de Ensenada. Denuncian…

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“More than 50,000 Mexican farmworkers are striking in Baja California, violently demonstrating against low pay, abuses and poor working conditions. As millions of dollars worth of crops rot in the fields, protest leaders are set to meet with growers.Farmworkers are burning tires and throwing rocks in Baja, an agricultural border state that supplies millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, strawberries and other produce to the US. Hundreds of protesters have blocked the Transpeninsular Highway, the main north-south highway, on and off as the strike has spread across the state, the Associated Press reported.Demonstrators are demanding healthcare, overtime pay, days off, water, breaks, an end to arbitrary firings and abuse ‒ especially sexual abuse ‒ by field bosses, and for wages to be raised to about $20 a day. Currently, most farmworkers earn $8-10 for a full day of labor spent stooped over the crops in hot-house farms.”

Baja California se compone en su gran mayoría por población migrante. En el sur de Ensenada, los jornaleros agrícolas tienen jornadas laborales muy extensas con los mínimos derechos. algunas organizaciones se han ido a paro laboral y han bloqueado la carretera transpeninsular.El gobierno poco interés ha mostrado a resolver ese tema que ni siquiera está en la agenda. Es importante estar enterado de esta situación, y que los saqueos así como desmanes no se den ya que eso solo contribuirá a desviar la atención a emitir juicios de odio ( que de por si ya existen ) hacia los migrantes indígenas. foto: Colonet BC 2008

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Represión en Baja California, policía antimotines dispararon balas de goma contra manifestantes que exigen mejores condiciones laborales   Policías reprimen a jornaleros en San Quintin, Baja California Regeneración, 18 de marzo de 2015.-De acuerdo al portal El Mexicano, los manifestantes bloquearon en la delegación Vicente Guerrero, en el kilómetro 172 de la carretera Transpeninsular, donde […]

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