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Germany: Asparagus farm workers protest poor living conditions near Bonn *PARTNER CONTENT*03:04

Germany: Asparagus farm workers protest poor living conditions near Bonn *PARTNER CONTENT*

Germany, Bornheim
May 19, 2020 at 03:08 GMT -00:00 · Published

Around 50 asparagus farm workers protested against poor living and working conditions in the German town of Bornheim, near Bonn on Monday.

The predominantly Romanian farm workers rallied around the container village for seasonal workers in Bornheim, denouncing unsanitary living conditions and accusing the insolvency administrator running the Ritter Spargelhof farming business of withholding their wages.

"The coach drivers are coming telling us to sign, the staff gives us all sort of signs and we don't know what for, it says on that sign that we have entered a contract for a duration of three months. We did not work for three months. We only worked for a month," one protester said. "They threatened us that if we refused to go out and work, that was last week, they'd call the police on us."

The Bonn general gazette has reported that around 240 harvest helpers have been accommodated in cramped conditions - sometimes four or five in one room.

Germany: Asparagus farm workers protest poor living conditions near Bonn *PARTNER CONTENT*03:04
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Around 50 asparagus farm workers protested against poor living and working conditions in the German town of Bornheim, near Bonn on Monday.

The predominantly Romanian farm workers rallied around the container village for seasonal workers in Bornheim, denouncing unsanitary living conditions and accusing the insolvency administrator running the Ritter Spargelhof farming business of withholding their wages.

"The coach drivers are coming telling us to sign, the staff gives us all sort of signs and we don't know what for, it says on that sign that we have entered a contract for a duration of three months. We did not work for three months. We only worked for a month," one protester said. "They threatened us that if we refused to go out and work, that was last week, they'd call the police on us."

The Bonn general gazette has reported that around 240 harvest helpers have been accommodated in cramped conditions - sometimes four or five in one room.

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