The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Refugee Workers in Turkey

Aug 5, 2019

The following article was translated from the July 12 issue of Das Rote Tuch, published by the German group Bund Revolutionaerer Arbeiter (Revolutionary Workers Union).

In Turkey’s nut plantations, where hazelnuts for Nutella and other corporate food products are grown, Syrian refugees are exploited under the worst kind of conditions. The refugees are paid very low wages; and they are blackmailed and robbed by human traffickers, who call themselves “labor brokers.” Labor laws? Missing in action. Even child labor is an everyday occurrence on the plantations.

After the European Union did everything in its power to keep refugees in Turkey (and later also in Libya), these refugees have fallen into the hands of human traffickers – who in turn are doing the dirty work for big brands like Nestle, Ferrero and Godiva.

This is how big corporations profit off the misery of refugees, who are stranded outside the walls of “Fortress Europe.”