Italy - Food workers’ unions succeed - January 01, 2017

Following a sustained mobilisation by the trade unions, more stringent legislation aiming to eliminate human trafficking in agriculture has been adopted by the Parliament. The law amends the 2014 law on Quality Work in Agriculture to assist migrant workers and incentivise adherence to collective agreements. According to FLAI-CGIL, the crime of worker exploitation has now, for the first time, been established in law. The law establishes that the criminal offence of recruiting or employing workers under illegal and exploitative conditions will be sanctioned with imprisonment for up to 6 years, increasing to 8 years if threats or violence are involved. Besides, the law imposes fines of up to 2,000 euro per worker in these cases.

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