Revaluing essential workers

In this post, Karin Astrid Siegmann, discusses the situation of precarious workers in the Dutch agricultural sector.

This year we are celebrating Labour Day in a very different way—the world we live in has changed dramatically over the past few months because of the Covid-19 pandemic and our collective and individual responses to it. As economies are shut down, many people are for the first time realizing that essential workers keep the cogs of societies oiled and turning. Yet many essential workers remain underpaid and underappreciated. We should realize that these workers are nurturers and deserve living dignified lives that can only be achieved if our economic system is critically examined and transformed.

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