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Deadly Factory Fire Bares Racial Tensions in Italy By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO

Labor leaders say they have tried, in vain, to convince factory workers that they must fight for better conditions.

“If you want to build consensus, you have to offer them opportunities, residence permits, new jobs, show them it’s better to be legal,” said Manuele Marigolli, regional secretary of the CGIL, another large labor union. “Instead, when factories are raided, the workers are brought to the police station, fingerprinted and given a paper that tells them they have to leave Italy.”

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