The BBC footage is just the latest in an ongoing series of reports from workers in the area.
The new footage published by the BBC shows a fruit picker confronting bosses with inaccurate payslips while other workers complain that one farm, owned by the company Godoy, has consistently falsified documents relating to pay.
It also appears to show the company using illegal workers to break a strike by their employees. Godoy themselves claim they are the centre of a smear campaign.
For the last year, Ethical Consumer has been covering and campaigning on the issues in the area.
“The same story is heard over and over,” Delia McGrath from the local union SOC-SAT wrote in Ethical Consumer in February 2019. “The minimum salary is not paid, the workers’ national insurance contribution is not paid for all the days worked, no rest break, no holiday pay, no transport costs, many hours extra worked but no overtime paid.”
The article from 2019 also reported that a twenty-seven-year-old worker had died after over exposure to agricultural chemicals.
Sadly, this is not an isolated incident of unsafe conditions.
In an interview with Ethical Consumer in September 2019, one worker told us about his companion, “This man has collapsed 3 times. They have obliged him to spray [agricultural chemicals on the crops], or get out. If he refuses, they will sanction him.”
Hosein, another worker interviewed for the article showed us scars on his hands and wrists from cleaning the channels on the roof of the greenhouse. “It’s like being in a circus. I have nothing to protect me, no helmet, no safety harness, no special shoes.”
Hosein said that he was given the unsafe job after being involved in a strike against his employer.