Labour shortage hits Italian agriculture

Wed 14/08/2019 by Richard Wilkinson

Italy’s fruit sector has sounded the alarm: there is a shortage of workers, from the fields to the warehouse. The measures that the Italian government are taking to prevent migrants entering the country are hurting the agricultural sector which for so long has depended on the flexibility these workers provide. From the north to the south of the country, the situation is the same. Italians no longer wish to work in the countryside, meaning there is a lack of skilled labour in the warehouses and packaging facilities as well as in the fields at harvest time.

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