The Civil Guard has placed a 52-year-old man at the disposal of the Court of First Instance and Instruction of the Guard of Ocaña for a crime against workers’ rights. And it is that the suspect had hired 25 people to work in different agricultural operations in the Community of Madrid and had housed them in a warehouse in the Toledo municipality of Santa Cruz de la Zarza, “without the slightest condition of habitability and where they lived together in terrible hygienic-sanitary conditions ”.
It is expected that this man, administrator of the company that had hired these temporary workers, will go on to declare in court as being investigated since he was responsible for these hiring.
Last May, the Civil Guard of Santa Cruz de la Zarza noticed the arrival of workers from the agricultural sector. These are people who stay in this municipality but who work in garlic and onion farms in the Vega del Tajo, in Madrid towns such as Villamanrique de Tajo, Fuentidueña de Tajo, Estremera and Colmenar de Oreja.
The agents requested the relevant documentation on COVID tests from these people, 10 women and 15 men, and were interested in the place where they were staying, being informed that they lived in a warehouse located in Santa Cruz de la Zarza and that they worked for a agricultural company with administrative headquarters in Las Pedroñeras (Cuenca).
When the agents verified the terrible living conditions in this place, they opened an investigation, called operation ‘Ustoroi’ and asked the City Council for possible existing accommodation for temporary workers, providing three locations from the consistory. One of these was the warehouse where these 25 people lived “in terrible conditions and who worked for the aforementioned company in Cuenca.” Efforts were made to locate the owner of the investigated ship. The owner informed the Civil Guard that he had rented it to a man, administrator of the company based in Las Pedroñeras, to whom he had already rented it in previous years, and for the exclusive use of storing machinery or storage.
The Civil Guard of Santa Cruz de la Zarza began the identification procedures while requesting the collaboration of the Toledo Labor and Social Security Inspectorate to carry out a new joint inspection in this warehouse. The Madrid Labor Inspectorate was also informed of the place where these 25 people were working as seasonal workers. In addition, the other two accommodations were checked, homes in which the minimum health conditions were maintained and whose residents worked for a different company.
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