The accusation that immigration drives down wages is one that irritates Gabriela Szomoru, a 31-year-old Romanian who has worked her way up to an office job at a farm in southeast England.
Szomoru came to Britain 10 years ago and started out picking strawberries before being promoted to her current job at a 600-hectare salad farm just outside Maidstone, the main town in the county of Kent. “Driving wages down? No, we don’t offer less than the minimum wage. If the government decides this is the pay rate, we just follow,” Szomoru said.
“It’s a very hard job. You start at five o’clock in the morning, up to 10 hours every day, six days a week.” Szomoru is married to a tractor driver from Hungary.—AFP