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Red Cross sends aid to freezing berry pickers

TT/The Local · 21 Aug 2010, 11:55

Published: 21 Aug 2010 11:55 GMT+02:00

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The aid packages, consisting of everything from long johns to coats and shoes, were sent to the berry pickers' camp in Bräcke, 600 km north of Stockholm, in response to a call for help from the guest workers who were ill-prepared for near freezing night time and early morning temperatures.

Red Cross consultant Ylva de Val Olsson told local newspaper Länstidningen Östersund it was very unusual for the aid organization to send aid within Sweden's borders. But she added that the organization had no hesitation when the berry pickers requested humanitarian assistance.

In a summer that has seen several disputes over wages and conditions with foreign berry pickers across Sweden, the Red Cross worker expressed frustration at conditions in Bräcke.

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“I think the situation is just as wretched every year for the berry pickers who come here. A lot of them are treated very badly,” she told the newspaper.

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Your comments about this article

14:57 August 21, 2010 by deblom

grab a womens nearly naked boob and the whole of Sweden is looking for you...treat overseas workers like cattle and the Red Cross will pick up the pieces...happens every year...
18:58 August 21, 2010 by Great Scott
So Sweden is now a third world country and getting aid from the Red Cross.
14:06 August 22, 2010 by skatty
Freezing berry pickers get help from Red Cross in Sweden, the best country in the world to live (according to statistics), best for some of course!!
15:31 August 22, 2010 by mikmak
I assume these people are camping outdoors, who the hell goes camping close to the arctic circle without the proper gear!?
05:16 August 23, 2010 by för30årseden
There is something wrong when Bengali workers are discontent with Swedish wages. Are employers, even sweet farmers, guaranteed the right to pay sh**ty wages?

For a country supposedly run by its labor unions, this is a strange outcome. Either the employers must pay more or close down. Another alternative is to crack down on those people who milk the social benefits that are supposedly their for the unfortunate. Maybe they should spend a nice summer working and seeing Sweden -- but at a decent wage: something more than they would make in Bangladesh.
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