Fair trade is finally coming to the tomato fields of Florida, where farmworkers have won a remarkable victory in a 15-year struggle for better pay and working conditions. Last month, they struck a deal with growers to raise workers’ pay and to create an industry code of conduct, a health and safety program and a system to resolve worker complaints.
The agreement arose from a campaign organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The workers, mainly from Central America, Mexico and Haiti, were asking for a modest penny more per pound of tomatoes picked. Growers insisted they could not afford it.
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