The Fruits of Capitalism

Abby Zimet

Tesco fruit farms: Casual workers sit in the orchards while they wait for bad weather to pass

Reminding us that hard times are relative – and sometimes not just a recessionary moment – is the plight of South African fruit pickers at the bottom of a supply chain for Britain's largest supermarket, now making record profits. Workers' advocates say giant retailer Tesco has reneged on an agreement to pay their mostly female pickers "a living wage."


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