Canary Government urged to give 420 euro subsidy to tomato packers
The workers’ union, the CCOO is asking the Canary Government to create a specific subsidy to help tomato packers.
They are said to be in a “very serious situation” after being forced to stop work for more than six months a year due to the fall in pro-duction.
The union is asking for a benefit of about 420 euros a month when they have no activity.
The measure would target a group of about 1,500 women with an average age over 50 years, who after decades dedicated to the sector are currently only called to work between four and four and a half months per year, and with a salary between 400 and 500 euros, while the rest of the year they are left without any income.
The CCOO considers it “imperative” to meet the needs of this “group of special vulnerability” who are subject to discontinuous fixed contracts, no contributions to Social Security for half a year and lacking training for other professions. In addition, they cannot claim unemployment and have no options but to work on something else outside the harvest campaigns, which are less and less and shorter.
General secretary of the Workers’ Commissions in the Canary Islands, Inocencio González urged the regional government to aaccept the proposal, which, according to the union, could be funded by allocating 1.9 million euros in the budgets of 2019.