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(en) Italy, Sicilia Libertaria: USB - THE DEAD ARE NOT ALL THE SAME. (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]..

Date Wed, 10 Apr 2024 11:52:29 +0300

Three years ago the death of Fodie, a young agricultural worker, gave rise to numerous initiatives, demonstrations, debates, assemblies in the square with very specific demands which we have submitted to the local administrations. ---- Fodie died while, like every morning at dawn, he was going to work on his bike on a farm in the area between Vittoria and Acate. A car hit him, leaving him to die on the side of the road. ---- Fodie left his wife and two children in Mali. Naturally he worked illegally, for 35 euros a day, from 7 in the morning to the evening, the normality of work in the fields in the transformed area.

In these 3 years we have witnessed other dead workers, other accidents at work and workers abandoned in front of the emergency room, workers abandoned in farmhouses lost in the middle of the countryside. We have also witnessed workers disappearing into thin air, as happened in Douda.

Until the present day, when a young Senegalese worker died, his name was Boubacar.

He too, like Fodie, was going to work in the countryside at dawn with his bike. The poor visibility and the absence of lighting were fatal, a rush to the emergency room wasn't enough.

These episodes have been repeating themselves for years and the so-called Italian civil society has become totally accustomed to these events, while the only ones who never get used to them are the migrant workers who knew and shared the same pains, the same exploitation of Boubacar's Fodie di Daouda.

Exploitation is the factor that these workers have in common. An exploitation of man by man which in the transformed segment becomes particularly inhuman. Thousands of women and men employed in greenhouse work, without rights, exploited, both at work and beyond, and forced to live in the worst housing conditions. Isolated from the city context and unable to carry out any form of integration.

Second-class deaths that do not concern politics, institutions, most trade unions, so-called civil society. Invisible, for those who pretend not to see, which support our economy and our "agricultural entrepreneurial class". Agricultural entrepreneurs who manage to remain on the market only thanks to exploitation, lowering wage costs and illicitly disposing of the waste produced. In this context, large-scale organized distribution dictates the law, free to aim downwards on the purchase of agricultural products. A game of massacre that inevitably hits the weakest link in the chain hardest: the workers.

After these deaths, these disappearances, these accidents at work, the migrant workers, who have demonstrated on several occasions that they are able to react and organize the protest, are now experiencing a phase of decline, of discouragement and fear, of disillusionment because nothing changes.

Our small union, together with the C.U.B. and some political groups have long since begun a real battle on these issues, day after day, demonstration after demonstration, while the confederal unions think almost exclusively about how to maintain their bureaucratic apparatus through procedures paid for by migrants and the political class is busy to defend agricultural entrepreneurs and to exploit their requests.

U.S.B. Social Federation Ragusa

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