France probes 'slave' conditions of Polish, Romanian workers

30th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The CGT union said in a statement that the women working at Brumath in the eastern French region of Alsace were working in "inhuman" conditions of "slavery."

Strasbourg -- French police said Friday they have opened an inquiry after unions accused a German employer of using women workers from Romania and Poland as slave labour in his strawberry and asparagus fields.

The CGT union said in a statement that the women working at Brumath in the eastern French region of Alsace were working in "inhuman" conditions of "slavery."

The women, who were lodged in prefab huts on waste land, were paid only a few cents per kilo of the crop they picked, which meant that some had earned just six euros (eight dollars) for 10 days of work, it said.

"We cannot accept this sort of thing," said the mayor of Brumath, Etienne Wolff.

He noted that the women's employer, a German who has rented fields in the area for the past few years, had previously been sentenced by a court over his labour practices but had lodged an appeal.

AFP/Expatica

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