Italy - Day labourers exploited - September 30, 2016

A protocol, signed by the government and backed up by the trade unions and NGO’s, that calls for coordination of the local police, the labour inspectorate and other officials to trace and root out workers’ exploitation, to protect workers and punish exploiters has led to the discovery of severe exploitation. A gang master that acted as a broker for day labourers in the grape harvest was identified. Labourers were confronted with illegally demanded rent, withholding money from their hourly pay and degrading living conditions. A government bill to fight gang masters is still on its way to parliament.

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