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Italy: Migrant workers call for better wages and working conditions at Rome rally02:36

Italy: Migrant workers call for better wages and working conditions at Rome rally

Italy, Rome
July 6, 2020 at 04:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hundreds of agricultural workers, mainly with a migrant background, gathered at Piazza San Giovanni square in Rome on Sunday to call for recognition of day labourers' rights and demand better wages.

Protesters could be seen holding baskets with vegetables while a number of speakers addressing the crowd from the stage.

Union leader, Aboubakar Soumahoro, who has been calling for recognition of migrant farmworkers' rights, said they have "a lot in common, the mixture of misery, of exploitation of alienation."

One of the day workers continued, "We are collecting peppers. They pay us four euros ($4.50) per hour. I can do 10 hours or nine hours a day."

The protest was joined by 'Black Lives Matter' activists in the fight against racism and in support of a small community of farmworkers, many of whom have recently tested positive for COVID-19 in the small town of Mondragone, north of Naples.

Italy: Migrant workers call for better wages and working conditions at Rome rally02:36
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Hundreds of agricultural workers, mainly with a migrant background, gathered at Piazza San Giovanni square in Rome on Sunday to call for recognition of day labourers' rights and demand better wages.

Protesters could be seen holding baskets with vegetables while a number of speakers addressing the crowd from the stage.

Union leader, Aboubakar Soumahoro, who has been calling for recognition of migrant farmworkers' rights, said they have "a lot in common, the mixture of misery, of exploitation of alienation."

One of the day workers continued, "We are collecting peppers. They pay us four euros ($4.50) per hour. I can do 10 hours or nine hours a day."

The protest was joined by 'Black Lives Matter' activists in the fight against racism and in support of a small community of farmworkers, many of whom have recently tested positive for COVID-19 in the small town of Mondragone, north of Naples.

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