Not all those who enjoy the treasures of Florence know the industrial city of Prato nearby. It has the second largest Chinatown in Italy – after Milan.
Seven workers employed at a Chinese garment factory in Prato died when the building caught fire, while four were injured. The business daily Sole 24 writes on December 3:
“China does whatever it likes in Italy. They died like slaves after working like slaves. Not in India, no. In Italy. In one of Prato’s many (and impossible to ignore) factory buildings. All made in China.
“The owners, managers, employers. And all illegal: from the safety measures at the working place to the contracts, from the accounts to the taxes. Who will now take care of this in Italy? The interior minister? The minister of justice? Someone from the tax authorities or the public health department?
“Someone who doesn’t just talk and talk at meetings but actually campaigns against this barbaric situation? Someone who will take China to task, which is competing against us in our own country and according to its own rules.”