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Solar company accused by 438 workers of exploitation

'Slave-like conditions' at Italian-Spanish Tecnova

Solar company accused by 438 workers of exploitation

Lecce, April 17 - A total of 438 foreign workers have accused Italian-Spanish solar-panel company Tecnova of having forced them to toil under slave-like conditions until 2011, a criminal probe in the southern Italy revealed on Wednesday. Whistle-blowing workers led to the April 2011 arrest of nine company managers and foremen. The defendants are suspected of racketeering and committing grave crimes against foreign workers, including underpayment, severe exploitation and denial of obligatory work benefits. Beginning with 43 complaints, police collected hundreds more over the course of the investigation into the company, which installed fields of solar panels in Salento, the area that makes up the heel of Italy's boot.

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