A farmer is celebrating Christmas Eve with his family after a Chinese government farm gate was shut down for six months due to a lack of funds.
The Chinese government had originally planned to close all of its farms within the next two months, but when the government decided to extend the closure to the entire country in November, they decided to shut the gates for good.
The news was greeted with a great deal of consternation and a lot of people in the United States have been wondering what they can do to help the farm workers.
The farm gate is the main means of entry for migrant workers into China.
It’s also a major source of income for the local farming community, and some say the government should have done more to ensure the safety of migrant workers in the first place.
However, the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) says the Chinese government should be held accountable for its decision to shut down the gates and that the UFW is planning to take legal action against the Chinese authorities.
The UFW says the gate’s closure had a devastating effect on migrant workers who were forced to leave the country.
“The migrant workers were forced out to go work for a few months, and then they were pushed back into the rural areas because there was no job to go to,” said UFW national director Chris Jones.
“Migrant workers, especially young migrant workers, are the most vulnerable in the country and if you don’t have jobs, the only thing that you have is your family and your kids.”
The UAW is currently working with a number of local advocacy groups and labor groups to try to hold the Chinese Government accountable for the gate closure.
“It’s really about us demanding that the Chinese go out and hire local workers to do their job,” said Jones.
“This is what we want them to do, not to shut it down and then have the Chinese be blamed.”
Jones says if the Chinese can’t provide jobs for migrant farm workers, then they need to come up with other solutions to address the migrant labor shortage.
“We are looking at all options, including the use of our own people to provide the jobs, but it’s not easy to do that,” he said.