Migrant workers from the Megamark group Trani as they pick tomatoes in Foggia | Photo: Franco Cautillo / Archive / ANSA
Migrant workers from the Megamark group Trani as they pick tomatoes in Foggia | Photo: Franco Cautillo / Archive / ANSA

An app has been launched in Italy's southeastern city of Foggia for agricultural workers in rural areas nearby to reserve a place on a free bus. It will also help to counter labor exploitation.

A cost-free bus service will take farmhands from two large migrant camps to their work in the farmlands of the Foggia area in southeastern Italy.

The bus route will begin at Casa Sankara and the CARA reception center of Borgo Mezzanone and the transportation can be reserved via a cellphone application as part of the "Campo Libero - Free to Work" project.

The app is the brainchild of Ciala-Ebat - Cassa Integrazione Assistenza Lavoratori Agricoli of Foggia and is for farmworkers needing direct transportation to the camps without the use of intermediaries.

Province wants to get rid of labor exploitation

The project was recently introduced at Casa Sankara in the countryside near San Severo, in south-eastern Italy.

"This province," underscored Peppino Campanaro, head of the Foggia branch of Ciala -Ebat, "wants to say no to labor exploitation. This is being said by all the institutions present, bringing together the world of employers and representatives of labor unions. It is being said above all through this experimental project, which is unique in Italy."

The app is easy to use and available in Italian, English, French, and Arabic. "The individual worker or agricultural firm," Campanaro said, "can reserve the journey. A bus will pick the worker up from Casa Sankara or Borgo Mezzanone and take them directly to their workplace and then take them back. Assistance from cultural mediators will also be available."

 

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