Workers ‘ disbelieving in coronavirus

Des travailleurs incrédules face au coronavirus

“I do not trust the government. There is too much corruption, ” says Ivan Aguilar Rosales who lives in Toluca on the outskirts of Mexico city.

In Mexico, the COVID-19 has 21 825 deaths, making the country the second most affected in Latin America, just behind Brazil. The under-secretary of state for Health provides that the balance sheet will rise to the bar of the 30 000 deaths.

These data are somewhat encouraging, have not been able to convince some of the foreign workers of the severity of the pandemic.


Novel Martin Jimenez, who works at the firm Primera near Joliette for the past 14 years, was one of the skeptics.

When he arrived in this country in April, the seriousness with which the health measures are implemented has changed his mind. He wrote to his family to Cuyuaco, a village of 1500 inhabitants in the State of Puebla, to warn him and explain to him to respect the distancing physical.

For its part, Ines Tehuintle Chipahua, another employee of the firm Primera, made what he refers to as “the virus” more seriously. His children remain in the State of Veracruz and no longer go to school for several weeks. Separated from them for six months, he is worried about.

“I call them often,” he says.

Avoid an outbreak

The farms must also follow strict health rules. Employees temporary foreign have had to observe a quarantine of 14 days on arrival in Canada.

This year, some farmers wished to prohibit them out of their place of work. This proposal has been considered contrary to the Charter of rights and freedoms by the Network of assistance to women workers and migrant workers in agricultural in Quebec.

The owner of the farm Primera, Mario Rondeau, demand for mexican workers to limit their trips if they are not essential.

“If there is one that goes to the convenience store for example, I asked him to probe the other to find out if they also need something “, he explains.

In addition, employees who enter the farm buildings must wash hands, wear the mask that has been provided (but it is not compulsory to the outside if the distance is met).

An outbreak to the farm would be a veritable disaster.

“If there is one that falls, we all fall. It would put an end to the harvest, ” concludes Mr. Rondeau.

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