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Monsanto subsidiary employees block Peru highway over work conditions
(Photo: El Comercio/Reference)
By Manuel Vigo
January 22, 2013
Ica (Map: Wikipedia)
On Tuesday dozens of employees from Seminis - Monsanto’s subsidiary in Peru - marched on the Panamericana Sur highway, to express their disapproval of the firm’s wages and work conditions, local newspaper El Comercio reported.
Over 100 workers blocked one lane of the highway in the district of Salas Guadalupe in the region of Ica, at around kilometer marker 291, hindering cars from passing.
The day before over 1,000 of the company’s workers staged a protest in the district’s main square.
The workers argue they only make 175 soles weekly, and are demanding a 10 soles per day increase to their salary, the daily reported.
They are also asking the firm to improve work and health conditions for the over 1,100 employees who work at Seminis.
Workers say negotiations with Seminis broke down a few days ago, and are now looking to restart the dialogue process, the daily reported.
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Total coments: 2
Commented By: Mrs. Noah Fence, M.Ed., Behavior Disorders
On: January 22, 2013. 3:34 pm
"...Seminis - Monsanto’s subsidiary in Peru..." See? Peru bans Monsanto being in Peru, for the next 10 years (not long enough, should be forever), and they've already got their foot in the door, the camel's nose in the tent!! Peru's food could feed the world, that's why Monsanto wants control over it. The Agricultural PM already signed a contract/treaty with them, to go into effect in 2013, so the 10 year ban only delayed the contract/treaty, while Monsanto does what they always do, under disguise, get control over the country's food supply by "experimenting" and having "subsidiary" businesses, taking the control away from the farmers, suing the farmers who refuse their seed with the excuse that the farmer "stole" their "patented seed" when normal pollination carried it into another's fields via wind, etc. from the farmer who bought Monsanto seeds, not to mention the GMO damage that Monsanto does to plants, animals, and humans. Please, Peru, wake up, kick Monsanto and all their "subsidiary" businesses out of Peru forever, as being done in India, Europe, etc. for these same reasons!
Commented By: stubbypeeps
On: January 22, 2013. 3:02 pm
Guess that´s why we didn´t see Monsanto listed in the "2012 Top Places to Work in Peru" survey.
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