When picking fruit,
you will be required to pick a targeted number of trays of berries per hour. A
bonus is also set allowing workers the opportunity to earn extra. The target
and bonus will depend on the quality of the crop, the weather and time of the
Due to crop
availability, customer demand and the weather we are unable to give you any
assurance about the continuity of work. You will only be offered work when it
is available. This condition is reflected in your contract.
As the fruit needs to
be picked in the coolest part of the day, work may start as early as 4.30
am. Depending on the availability of work you will normally work a five
day week, but we may ask you to work some additional time, particularly during
the peak harvest period. Working hours per week cannot exceed 60. Rest days
will be allocated by the company and will be at least 2 in 14.
All seasonal workers
must realise that crops can be delayed by weather conditions which may result
in you working less than five days per week. This generally only happens for a
short period of time and most workers can gain this time back as the season advances.
The main job is to
pick and maintain strawberries to be sold to major supermarkets. The best
quality strawberries are picked into small plastic containers called punnets.
These are termed First Class strawberries, and are sold to the major
strawberries are a good shape with a nice, even, red coloring. The lower
quality and misshapen strawberries are picked into plastic trays. These are
called Second Class strawberries. Diseased and pest-damaged strawberries
cannot be sold, but must still be picked in order to clean the plants
Cleaning the plants
prepares them for the next pick of berries to mature and ripen, and is
essential in order to keep the plants healthy. If all of the ripe First
Class and Second Class strawberries are picked, and plants cleaned properly,
the next pick of berries will have less Second Class, thus enabling you to make
more money by picking more First Class strawberries.
Asparagus is a
vegetable grown in the ground. Each asparagus plant produces a number of spears
through its harvesting cycle. It throws out 2 to 3 spears at a time. Each can
grow as fast as 2 cm per hour in hot and sunny weather conditions. This makes
asparagus highly volatile to temperatures and requires different picking
patterns. When it is hot, asparagus is picked twice a day.
You will be cutting
it with a knife close to the ground, bending towards it each time you need to
collect a bundle of spears. When picking you will be following a tractor and
will do so with a group of people - your team members. Your success as of a
picker will depend on your productivity and that of your team.
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