The Milan prosecutor Paolo Storari has closed the investigations for gang-taking on the riders for home food deliveries and tax crimes. The investigation had already led to the order of the Uber Italy commissioner. Among the 10 suspects is Gloria Bresciani, manager of the group, who, in an intercepted phone call, admonished an employee as follows: “In front of an outsider, never say again ‘we have created a system for desperate people’. The dirty clothes are washed in home”.
The riders, we read in the investigation closure notice, were “paid at a piece rate of € 3 per delivery, robbed of tips and punished. They were also subjected to degrading working conditions, with a regime of remuneration and treatment, as recognized by them. employees “. On the other hand, the position of Uber Italy, under investigation for the law on administrative liability, was removed.
Bresciani is accused of illegal hiring in competition with Giuseppe and Leonardo Moltini and Danilo Donnini, managers of the brokerage firms Frc and Flash Road City (the Frc is under investigation for the law on administrative liability). The four, writes the prosecutor, “in competition with each other and with other unidentified people used, employed and recruited riders in charge of transporting food products home, hiring them at the Flash Road City and Frc srl companies, and then destined them to work at the Uber group in conditions of exploitation “.
They would have taken advantage of “the state of need of workers, migrants seeking asylum, residing in special reception centers and coming from conflict areas (Mali, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea, Pakistan, Bangladesh) and therefore in conditions of extreme vulnerability and social isolation “. In particular, the workers were “paid at a piece rate of 3 euros per delivery, regardless of the distance to be covered (collection from the restaurateur and final delivery to the customer), the weather, the time slot (day / night and holidays) and therefore in disproportionate to the quantity and quality of the work performed “.
They were also “robbed” of the tips “that the customers spontaneously left to the riders as proof of the goodness of the service provided”. And again “punished” through “an arbitrary deduction (so-called malus) of the agreed fee, if the riders did not comply to the instructions given “. In the deed, the Public Prosecutor also reported a” prospectus “to show the weekly pay in relation to the hours worked for some riders. One of them, for example, for a week of work in May for a total of” 68 hours “of deliveries had collected only” 179.50 “euros and had suffered a” malus “, ie a curtailment of 24.5 euros. The crime of hiring is disputed until” November 2019 “.
Among other things, some suspects are challenged by the prosecutor, in the investigation of the Economic and Financial Police Unit of the Gdf, a series of tax violations for evasion conducts through, in particular, false invoices. A suspect is also being challenged for aiding and abetting because together with Giuseppe Moltini he would have deposited about 305 thousand euros, “profit” from hiring and tax fraud, “inside a safe deposit box” of a bank. And then they would empty “the contents of the safety deposit box” and put the “money in the trunk” of a car.
A hearing is scheduled for October 22, in front of the panel chaired by Fabio Roia, for the discussion on the preventive measure of the commissioner for Uber Italy (with a lot of appointed judicial administrator) ordered by the judges at the end of May.