Police operation against labor exploitation in an agricultural firm in the Caserta area of southern Italy | Photo: ANSA/Polizia Di Stato
Police operation against labor exploitation in an agricultural firm in the Caserta area of southern Italy | Photo: ANSA/Polizia Di Stato

An organization has been set up in the town of Caserta in southern Italy to fight against labor exploitation in agriculture. It will collect reports and promote initiatives for worker protection.

A new organization has been set up in the prefect's office of the town of Caserta in southern Italy to work against labor exploitation -- in particular against the exploitation of undocumented migrant farmworkers. It will monitor the agricultural sector and promote initiatives for worker protection, in line with a Memorandum of Understanding signed on July 14 by the Italian ministries of the interior, labor, and agricultural policies as well as local authorities.

The announcement came during a plenary session chaired by Prefect Giuseppe Castaldo of the Territorial Council for Immigration, in which representatives of prosecutor's offices, the national social security institute, trade unions, and the local health authority -- among others -- took part.

During the meeting, guidelines for intervention were developed that the organization is set to implement in the coming months.

Data bank with farms that exploit migrants

Among the planned measures is a data bank that collects all reports of labor exploitation, which is supposed to be created by staff from security forces and the territorial labor inspectorate.

The Caserta branch of the national social security institute INPS has reportedly already launched a list of 'quality agricultural firms' that will feature companies that do not engage in exploitation. INPS has planned meetings to draw up joint measures and incentives as well as training courses for the firms.

Prefect Castaldo said that he was pleased with the "efforts made for years by institutional bodies, trade unions, and tertiary sector employers unions to counter [labor exploitation] in an area like Caserta, which is at high risk."

 

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