African harvest workers strike in southern Italy

first_imgImmigrant farmworkers demonstrate in Foggia on Wednesday for better working conditions.By Gerhard FeldbauerAfter the death of 12 farmworkers in a traffic accident in southern Italy on Aug. 6, hundreds of migrant farmworkers walked off the job there. The USB trade union federation called for the strike.In a “march of red caps” — a reference to the covering which the workers usually use to protect themselves from the blazing sun — the protesters went to the prefecture [representing the national government] in the city of Foggia and demanded decent working conditions. At a demonstration by the CGIL, CISL and UIL trade unions in Foggia, member of parliament Roberto Speranza, who is also chairperson of the left-wing movement “Free and Equals” (LeU), expressed his solidarity with the migrants.Michele Emiliano, president of the regional government of Puglia and a member of the Democratic Party (PD), supported the strike as “a step against exploitation.”The workers who were killed were all from countries outside the European Union. They were crammed into a small truck which hit a tomato transporter truck head on. The apparently overtired drivers of both trucks also died.Two days earlier, four Africans were killed and four others seriously injured in a similar collision. The left-leaning daily Il Manifesto commented that these accidents once again showed how migrants in southern Italy have to work under inhumane conditions and how they are held as slaves.In Puglia, harvesters, mainly from Africa, but also from Poland, Bulgaria and Romania, have to work up to 12 hours a day in the scorching summer heat of over 40 degrees Celsius [104 degrees Fahrenheit]. They live in slums without running water or toilets and have no health care. Women workers are exposed to sexual harassment and violence.As the daily La Repubblica, published in Rome, reported, most of the workers are subject to what is known as a “caporalato” system of organized, undeclared work. They often earn little more than 1 euro per hour, while the standard wage is six times higher. In addition, a part of the workers’ income is deducted as rent for miserable shelters.The number of farmworkers exploited in this way is estimated at around 100,000 in Puglia alone. According to the CGIL, if the regions of Campania and Sicily are included, at least half a million people are illegally employed in grape, olive and orange harvesting; tomato, onion and strawberry fields; and peach and apricot plantations.Meanwhile, racism continues to spread, fueled by the Italian government. La Repubblica reported a new incident: On Aug. 7, on the Trenord regional train between Milan and Cremona, the train engineer called on the loudspeaker for “Gypsies [sic], beggars and other troublemakers” to leave the train.Citing police information, the Italian news agency ANSA reported on Aug. 9 that two 13-year-olds admitted having fired two shots at a Gambian man in Pistoia in northern Italy on Aug. 2. The boys said it was an empty pistol and they “just wanted to scare” the Gambians. According to reports, the boys also racially insulted the 24-year-old man.This article was published on Aug. 11 in the German newspaper Junge Welt. Workers World Managing Editor John Catalinotto translated it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: There are ‘rumblings’ Lakers could have interest in Derrick Favors

first_img“My journey has been amazing,” Favors said. “I’ve been through a lot. I’ve been through trade rumors and a step back in role. It’s definitely made me the player and the person I am today. I just know whatever situation I get put in, I’m going to succeed. That’s why I just try and get better every year.”Favors is set to make $17 million next season, but the Jazz could afford to waive him or trade him in the second year of his two-year, $37 million contract. He expects to be notified about Utah’s decision by June 30, when free agency officially begins. Related News Favors has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. His role has diminished in recent years, but he averaged 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in 2018-19. The Lakers reportedly acquired Anthony Davis in a blockbuster deal with the Pelicans on Saturday, forking over Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft.They are reportedly interested in acquiring Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard and others stars in the offseason. The Lakers might have their sights set on Utah’s Derrick Favors.There are “rumblings” Los Angeles would like to sign the 27-year-old to a deal this summer, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. But the big man hopes to remain with the Jazz and is grateful for his 8 1/2 seasons in Utah. LaVar Ball on Lakers trading son Lonzo: They’ll never win another championshipcenter_img “It is what it is,” Favors said. “I’m not going to stress over it. I’m going to enjoy life that whole week. If I have to leave, I want to go to a contender because I want to compete at the highest level. I definitely want to go somewhere I can compete for a championship.” NBA reacts to Lakers acquiring Anthony Davislast_img read more

The Shallows playing at Wellington Regent; Jason Bourne held over for 2nd week

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: The Shallows.Schedule:Friday, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 7 p.m.Also: (held over for 2nd week) Jason Bourne – Saturday 2 and 9:15. Sunday, 2 p.m.This Friday’s feature film rating: PG-13 ((for bloody images, intense sequences of peril, and brief strong language). Time: 1 hour 27 minutes.Movie Synopsis: In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 77%. Audience review: 61% liked it. Critic’s consensus: Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallowstranscends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.For more information on great movies being played visit the Wellington Regent website at soon: Wellington Humane Society building fundraiser: Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory – Sept. 24, 2 p.m.last_img read more