A job? What about shepherd?
Updated: 2006-08-17 10:15
MADRID - A Spanish farm union office has been inundated with calls from
people wanting to apply for jobs as shepherds after a television report
mistakenly said there were 2,000 posts vacant in the region with attractive
"The program went out on August 7 and we've received thousands of calls,"
said a spokeswoman for the young farmers' union ASAJA in the central Spanish
region of Castilla-Leon.
Phone calls and e-mails have come from Latin America, some from Britain, and
even Morocco as well as from Spain.
ASAJA was forced to put out a statement denying it had a batch of jobs on
offer, although it confirmed that many farms in the region are short of labor.
Two farmers had appeared on the program and said they needed shepherds and
were prepared to offer 730 euros ($934) a month, a house and a vehicle.
Average salaries in Spain are around 2,000 euros a month, but many immigrants
earn far less.