The journalists from „Repubblica were the ones who revealed the drama that dozens of Romanians are going through, all employees of the Mondor Convenienza company.
They wrote several articles in which they revealed the conditions under which the Romanian workers worked. The first denunciation was made at the beginning of the year by eight employees, and last week another 12 Romanians decided to file complaints against Mondo Convenienza.
People said that when they said they could no longer work without breaks, they were always shown the door: “It doesn’t suit you, the valley is at your home.” Romanian workers also say that those who had the courage to protest were fired immediately.
“When I protested about working hours and some problems with the pay slip, they accused me of stealing two threads that I am sure I took to the office. You realize what I could have done with them… First they suspended me, and then they sent me the letter of dismissal at home, two weeks ago “, said a fired worker.
La Repubblica published an interview with a worker who had the courage to denounce his employer.
Republic: Mr. Viorel, how was your day?
Viorel: I didn’t have a fixed schedule, it depended on the number of furniture deliveries we had to make. Every morning at 6:00, you had to be in the warehouse at Settimo Torinese. Then you worked all day, the last time being at 20:30, but before 21:00 or 22:00 you almost never finished.
Republic: What were you supposed to do?
Viorel: We deposited the money from customers received the day before and gave us the tasks. We loaded up in trucks and left. There could be three deliveries, but even 10 or 11 a day.
Republic: Were the days with three deliveries “good”?
Viorel: Not really. Maybe you had two bedrooms, including mattresses, a living room and a kitchen. All to be loaded, unloaded, carried upstairs on stairs and then mounted.
Republic: How many days a week?
Republic: Were the deliveries all the same?
Viorel: Not. Those for “Gold” customers had priority. They paid and delivery was guaranteed at a certain time. But to our detriment.
Republic: You mean?
Viorel: If we did not fit in the schedule, the delivery and assembly of the furniture were offered free of charge. The money, however, was taken from our salary.
Republic: And you could protest?
Viorel: It was useless. They told us: “In Rome they decided so. If it doesn’t suit you, you know where the door is. ” Or, “Go back home,” stuff like that. It also happened if a customer complained that the furniture was damaged. The hard part is that it took away your money a year after delivery. I told them, “Show me the evidence. Do you have photos? ” Of course they didn’t. And they were able to take your telepass money from your salary.
Republic: How long did you last?
Viorel: For five years. In reality, the name of the cooperative changes every two years, but the leaders were always the same. The last one was TSL.
Republic: Did you have a direct relationship with Mondo Convenienza?
Viorel: I had the assistance number for the people inside. From time to time we tried to protest: “We can’t resist anymore!”. My back was broken, my arms were destroyed, at 19:00 I was dead tired and I still had a delivery to do. But they said “you have to do it and you’re done.”
Republic: How many people left?
Viorel: I saw 50 coming in and 70 left.
Republic: But did any control ever come?
Viorel: Once they came from the inspectorate. I told them the truth about the grueling days of work. Nothing changed.
Republic: Have you ever felt discriminated against?
Viorel: Yes, there were few Italian boys. But they were not treated that way. There were about 10 of them and they all ran away.
According to the quoted source, the Romanian workers are represented in court by an Italian lawyer.
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