Posted by: r.m. | February 18, 2010

Food sector jobs: US… Lebanon?

From the Food First blog:

“Food sector jobs are some of the lowest paid occupational categories in the US.[1] Farm and food processing wages have been stagnant for the past 20 years. More troubling still is the prevalence of wage and hour violations and illegal retaliation towards workers who demand their rights on the job. … In “Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers,” A. Bernhardt et. al. paint a vivid picture of how labor law violation is undermining the livelihood of the working class. From large to small enterprises, 20-25% of workers in restaurants, retail and grocery stores and warehousing claim to have experienced a minimum wage violation. … Many of the labor law violations in the food sector go unreported and continue unabated, adding theft and injustice onto already difficult working conditions.”

I doubt the situation is much different here in Lebanon.



  1. In my opinion, this situation is more severe. Farmers’ rights are ignored and not even taken in considerarion. They are living in deep poor while working so hard in order to get something to eat. In some more severe cases, farmers’ children are not even able to go to schools due to the incapability of their parents to afford the educational costs even in government schools. Almost every farmer, in Lebanon, had -and still- experienced minimum wage violation.
    The agriculture ministry is not doing its job completely. More focus and real stories should be published in order to give the farmers back their basic rights.

  2. I believe that the ministry of agriculture is the one to blame for the misery of Lebanese farmers. I believe that it’s not taking any action in order to sustain them and to back them up. Instead, importations are increasing and the spreading of foreign good is also increasing rendering the local farmers unable to compete with the low cost of imported goods. This is a major issue because whether or not we recognize, lebanese farmers are part of the society and should be given a sort of guarentee, otherwise all this sector will inevitably crumble.

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