Archive photo of migrants at Bolzano station | Photo: ANSA/Stefan Wallisch
Archive photo of migrants at Bolzano station | Photo: ANSA/Stefan Wallisch

Italian authorities have discovered dozens of cases of irregular employment and exploitation of Italians and foreign workers in Italy's northern region of Trentino-Alto Adige. The cases took place in the agricultural sector over a period of just three months.

Some 95 cases of irregular employment and exploitation have been found by the Italian financial police in the Trentino-Alto Adige region in the agricultural sector from September to November this year.

In the three-month period, around 105 checks were carried out at farms involved in the harvesting of grapes and apples in the northern Italian region.

26 of the examined farms had been employing a total of 93 workers who were being paid "under the table." An additional two were regularly employed but received extra, undocumented, payments.

38 interventions in Trentino

In Trentino, 38 checks were made, with two farms found to be employing workers irregularly. Some 13 people were found to be working "under-the-table", including Italians, Moldavians, and Moroccans. There were also two cases of irregular employment.

In one case, one of the workers had been receiving state funds for being unemployed. "The enterprises in non-compliance with the rules may be fined up to 43,000 euros," noted the provincial commander of the Trento financial police, Mario Palumbo.

'Exploitative labor practices'

In Alto Adige, or South Tyrol, 80 workers were found to be completely unregistered with the tax authorities. Most of the workers were being paid to harvest apples.

In some cases, the checks ended up being a matter of the police having to chase workers who did not want to have their IDs checked. According to provincial commander Gabriele Procucci, 24 out of 67 enterprises checked in the Bolzano province were in "non-compliance with regulations."

Procucci further said that some of the checks were done in collaboration with the national social security service INPS. "We hope that, over the next few months, we can work together with trade unions as well. Exploitative labor practices are not just tomato picking in southern Italy," he noted.

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