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In Italy, hundreds of African migrant workers are working in terrible conditions for less than $40 a day.
They are put to work picking fruit in the country’s south, and opposition to their exploitation is often quashed by the mafia.
Charlie Angela reports from Campania where activists are pushing for better wages and conditions.
Labour conditions in the Netherlands are usually not as bad as in southern Italy. Or as bad as in Qatar where thousands of immigrant workers are dying. Still, there are moves in the wrong direction and at least some similarities.
Translated from daily Limburgs Dagblad/De Limburger in the Netherlands, 5 October 2013:
Socialist Party demands end to exploitation of tunnel builders
The provincial, local and nationwide Socialist Party elected representatives and the local Maastricht People’s Party demand that national, provincial and local authorities take action as soon as possible against the exploitation of foreign workers in the A2 tunnel project.
Maastricht, from our reporters
The parties write this in letters to Limburg province and the city of Maastricht. Paul Ulenbelt of the SP in the national parliament has also announced that he will bring the matter to the attention of the Minister this weekend. The subject is also on the agenda of the City Management Committee for Environment and Mobility of Maastricht. That committee will meet next Monday.
The parties are responding to publications in daily De Limburger / Limburgs Dagblad showing that dozens of Portuguese and Polish tunnel builders are exploited. From the gross salary of the Portuguese and Poles working in Maastricht each month 968.75 euros net are retained for services which their employer Atlanco corporation supplies through an intermediate company. That’s about half of their gross salary. For that money they live, three men per dwelling, in houses marked for demolition in Maastricht. Twice a year, Atlanco gives them a ticket home worth a few hundred euro. According to Atlanco, they also pay transport costs to and from work. However, the tunnel is located in the backyard of the houses destined for demolition in the Mayor Bauduin Street.
The provincial SP demands in an angry letter immediate intervention by the province. Group Chairman Daan Prevoo argues that the case should be investigated and that measures should be taken to prevent exploitation. The local SP group has also voiced strong criticism of responsible alderman Albert Nuss (PvdA party): “The SP wonders how it is possible that Alderman Nuss can look so complacently while public relations spin doctors talk about how beautiful the A2 project is, while such practices occur. The cover-up behaviour of alderman Nuss who refuses to speak to journalists, raises serious suspicion that he does know.” The Maastricht People’s Party writes to the Maastricht city authorities that they assume “that you are going to work as soon as possible to stop these abuses and exploitation.”
Construction firms accused of exploiting foreign staff on tunnel project: here.