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Migrant workers treated like "slaves" in France

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Migrant workers treated like "slaves" in France


Migrant workers are being employed in “slave-like” conditions in France according to the country’s biggest labour union the CGT.

Officials alerted police after discovering Polish and Romanian women, harvesting asparagus and strawberries in the Alsace region, earned a few euro cents for each kilogramme harvested. They were housed in fenced buildings which the union describes as reminiscent of scenes “from another era”. CGT spokesman André Hemmerlé said: “We know that one worker, who had been working for 10 days, received only six euros because she was charged for transportation, accommodation and food costs.” The employer, of German origin, is said to have a history of imposing “improper” conditions on workers. Local labour inspectors are carrying out an investigation at the behest of the Mayor of the town of Brumath.

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