Sezonskiradnici: Seasonal Labor – Finally registered
Apples, beetroot, or peaches – we enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables in our supermarkets. Depending on the season we are being greeted with various sorts. However, the different harvesting seasons also lead to a situation where the labor of the people that cut the asparagus from the ground is not required the whole year round. They are being hired on a daily basis and a few weeks later they would already work on a completely different field elsewhere. Around 80.000 people work as seasonal laborers in Serbia which supplies many countries with fruits and vegetables.
Since they are only hired on a short-term basis, employers would oftentimes not even register them. Instead of going through the lengths of complying with bureaucratic standards, 95% of them is employed as undocumented workers. Employers deem the existing system not flexible enough. They need to react quickly to sudden changes in the weather or only require workers at certain points in time. The victims of this are mostly the seasonal laborers as they are left without any protection, labor rights or pension schemes.