FERRARA – Six managers of four cooperatives from Forlì and Verona I am under indictment for caporalato, in Ferrara, because of the alleged exploitation with violence and blackmail, of 38 workers, all foreigners, employed in the reclamation of the company Eurovo of Codigoro when in 2017 the avian alarm broke out in theFerrara poultry farm, one of the largest in Europe, which then led to the suppression of nearly 800 thousand laying hens and the consequent reclamation.
Today in front of the Gup Danilo Russo The Pm Andrea Maggioni, to the accusations that emerged during the investigations, he integrated various aggravating circumstances, provided for by the rules against illegal hiring, for the number of people exploited and above all for violations of work shifts, daily and weekly rest periods, hygiene and safety in the workplace. In addition to submissive and violence by the “corporals” against the workers, all foreigners and in black, to whom they were presented immediate layoffs and the non-payment of salaries. After these new disputes, the preliminary hearing was adjourned to next January 27th. At today’s hearing, the CGIL and ASL Ferrara. The union to protect workers against illegal hiring, the ASL against the alleged scam – contested to the six accused – of 2 million euros: the executives made the crest on how much the ASL of Ferrara had paid for the contract of 5 million euros.
At the center of it all would be the Coop Bidente of Forlì which then subcontracted the work to three other Veronese co-ops – Agritalia, Work Alliance and Veneto Service – managed by three Moroccan citizens. According to what was reconstructed by the investigation, the workers they departed from Veronese where you recruited from: in all in 380 they took turns in work at the quenching and tempering of Eurovo in Codigoro but the complaints of the aggravating circumstances concern only 38 of these who worked for a few euros an hour, 16 hours a day without a break, 85 hours a week and a rest every 22 days. The investigation was born in 2017, when after one of the grueling work shifts, a minibus carrying 12 workers on board, had an accident and one of them died on the A13, near Ferrara: it turned out that none of the workers on board were included in the lists of those hired and authorized in the Aviaria.