Msg # 86
Date: 05 Jun 91 15:04:00
From: Nyt News
Subj: GREEN GIANT RELOCATES TO MEXICO
Via NY Transfer News Service 718-448-2358, 718-448-2683
Conf: carnet.mexnews: 58.0
Topic: Green Giant Relocates to Mexico
Written: 4:45 pm Jun 4, 1991 by hfrederick in cdp:carnet.mexnews
--FOR JOBS, JUSTICE, AND ENVIRONMENT--
AND GRAND MET PRODUCTS: BURGER KING AND HAAGEN DAZS
David versus Goliath...Trabajadores Desplazados, a group of
laid-off Green Giant frozen food workers from Watsonville
California, has begun a boycott campaign for "Jobs, justice, and
environment" against Pillsbury-Green Giant and its parent company,
Grand Metropolitan of Great Britain.
After averaging 14 years, on-call day and night, processing and
packaging locally grown vegetables and earning $7.61 per hour with
medical and retirement benefits under union contract, hundreds of
Green Giant workers in Watsonville learned their jobs were gone.
Pillsbury-Green Giant announced relocation of vegetable production
to Irapuato, Mexico, paying employees there about $4 a day with
The Grand Met-Pillsbury-Green Giant global strategy is to sell
brand name food products at high prices that are grown, processed,
and exported from countries where wages and costs of environmental
protections are the lowest. The profits and impacts from this
strategy foretell the effects of a U.S.-Mexico free trade
By relocating to Mexico, Pillsbury-Green Giant increases annual
profits by $6 million on reduced wages alone, according to
Teamsters Local 912, representing the laid-off workers. The
company also profits from lower operating costs because of
Mexico's minimal enforcement of environmental protections.
Pillsbury-Green Giant's run-away to Mexico is "avarice, pure
greed," say union officials.
While company profits grow, Pillsbury-Green Giant workers, their
families, and communities are left with unemployment in
Watsonville, or starvation wages in Irapuato. "We helped them
make their millions, now we are left with nothing but backaches
and twisted fingers," said a 15-year Green Giant worker laid off
in Watsonville. In Irapuato, a Green Giant employees says, " If
Green Giant were here to help us, they would pay a decent wage.
We have no hopes for improving our lives." Irapuato workers tell
of being unable to feed their families on Pillsbury-Green Giant
paychecks, and of other workers being fired for attempting to
organize a union.
Pillsbury-Green Giant operations in Mexico -- the cultivation
for export of non-indigenous crops with massive usage and disposal
of scarce water resources for irrigation and food processing --
contributes to hunger, illness, and significant environmental
impacts for the people of Mexico.
"FOR JOBS, JUSTICE, AND ENVIRONMENT"
The displace workers of Watsonville ask you to boycott all
products of the Pillsbury-Green Giant corporation, and Grand Met's
Burger King and Haagen Dazs.
BOYCOTT PILLSBURY-GREEN GIANT
434 MAIN ST. #222, WATSONVILLE, CA. 95076
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