On 6 August last year, 14 immigrant farmhands in Foggia, on the ankle of the Italian boot, were coming home from a 12-hour shift picking tomatoes in 40C heat. The minibus carrying them was registered in Bulgaria; the driver didn’t have a licence or insurance. The seats inside were wooden planks, and it was so crowded that passengers couldn’t even see out. The vehicle was travelling at speed when it collided head-on with a truck loaded with tomatoes. After the crash, you could see contorted limbs through the smashed windows. The entire front third of the vehicle was concertinaed and the roof was ripped open. Bags and clothing spilled out on to the road, and there were large patches of blood on the asphalt. Twelve of the 14 labourers died. Only two days before, also in Foggia, four labourers had died in a similar accident: 16 dead in 48 hours. In the Italian south, the lives of foreign agricultural labourers are so cheap that many NGOs have described their conditions as a … [Read more...] about Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour?
Why debt consolidation is a bad idea
Pieter Cleppe 29 May 2019 8:22 PM 29 May 2019 8:22 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp In the analysis of last week’s European Parliament elections, a number of claims which should be categorised as ‘myths’ have emerged. Here, I’ve singled out five of them that should be challenged: 1. The ‘major development’ that the centre-right EPP and centre-left S&D lost their majority isn’t a major development For the first time since 1979, the centre-right European People’s Party (which included the UK Conservatives until 2009) and the centre-left S&D group (to which Labour belongs) do not command a majority of seats in the European Parliament. Danish EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who belongs to the centrist, soon to be renamed ‘ALDE’ group, and is a candidate to succeed European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, commented: ‘I have worked with breaking … [Read more...] about Five myths about the European parliament election results