Farmworkers harvesting tomatoes | Photo: ANSA/Ciro Fusco/GID
Farmworkers harvesting tomatoes | Photo: ANSA/Ciro Fusco/GID

Three unions in the Italian city of Catania have set up two hotlines to report cases of exploitation of day laborers and gangmastering. Many farmworkers in the region are migrants.

In order to fight the exploitation of farmworkers in the southern Italian region of Sicily, the heads of three regional trade unions have urged both workers and "honest" farmers to report farmers engaged in criminal labor exploitation.

The Catania branches of the unions FAI-CISL, FLAI-CGIL and UILA-UIL have set up two hotlines for this:

800-974263 and 800-199100.

According the union secretaries general, reports can be made anonymously and will be sent to the relevant authorities.

Fight against exploitation, gangmastering

When they announced the hotline launch on Wednesday, the chiefs of the three unions -- Pietro Di Paola, Pino Mandrà and Nino Marino -- also called for more checks and better cooperation between public institutions, unions, and business associations to fight against the exploitation of farm workers.

They said that more should be done to hold farmers responsible if they don't pay their workers fair wages or if they do not have adequate security measures to protect their workers.

They also called for more measures to fight "against gangmaster activities." Gangmasters are criminal recruiters who control and exploit migrant workers.


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