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Peach thinning working experience

Peach thinning working experience

When I arrived in Hawke’s Bay, I soon found a seasonal job – thanks to my roommates who informed me. A local company hired us to work in a nearby peach orchard.
Our task was to cut off most of the peaches, so that the remaining ones had enough space to grow really big. Doing this we had to use a ladder in order to get to the top branches of the peach trees, nevertheless some of them seemed to be unreachable. Observed by Indian supervisors we had to finish at least 3 trees per hours, which sounds quite easy but it is almost impossible. Work started every morning at 7 a.m. and ended at approximately 4.30 p.m. in a six days per week schedule. We were promised to earn $5 per tree; in the end we all got just $13.25 per hour (before tax, which is minimum pay).
Working in a rural orchard means silent environment, fresh air and time to think about everything, but also itching, bloodshot eyes and skin irritations due to sprayings and sunburns and dehydration due to only few breaks during the day. In addition to that we had to stand the so-called Indian way of motivating people, which meant threatening us with losing our job in such bad English a three-year-old could express. As a result many works were fired after having worked 2 days and many quitted deliberately. At least the salary was in time.
All in all this job is a good means to earn money quickly for 2-3 days if you need it urgently, but nothing more.





Submitted by: Michael
Date submitted: 20/11/2011 1:06:45 a.m.


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