The role of migrants in union mobilizations in global agrifood production networks: The case of Murcia, Spain

Carlos de Castro, Université Autonome de Madrid, Elena Gadea & Andres
Pedreño, Université de Murcie

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the role of migrants in labour mobilizations connected to global agrifood production networks  in Murcia, Spain. Following an overview of the historical challenges that immigrant agricultural workers have faced, the paper focuses on how recent mobilizations by Moroccan agricultural workers went beyond the traditional approaches to conflict management used by the established unions. In conclusion, the paper proposes that the integration of ethnic representation in union structures transcends issues related to labour relations and calls into question the structural inequality on which the global agrifood production networks have historically been constituted in Murcia.