Fruit pickers and street vendors - migrants' struggle for decent work
Many migrants to Catalonia from lower-income countries find themselves doing precarious summer work, such as harvesting fruit in the fields or selling goods on the streets. Serigne Mamadou, a seasonal worker from Senegal, Llibert Reixach, from the Fruita and Justícia Social seasonal workers' rights group and Jaume Pedrós of the Unió de Pagesos farmers union give their perspectives on whether the situation for fruit harvesters in Lleida has improved since last year, when Covid-19 outbreaks and images of workers sleeping rough hit the headlines. Xènia Palau visits the Top Manta shop and factory in Barcelona, set up by the street vendors' union as a way to provide legitimate work and sell their own brands of clothes and shoes. Cristina Tomàs White and Guifré Jordan join Lorcan Doherty to put these stories in the wider context of immigration, racism, the economy, policing and social policy.