Transport Online – Unionist killed by truck at Lidl DC blockade in Italy [+foto’s]


BIANDRATE – In Biandrate, Italy, one person was killed on Friday, June 18, in a blockade of a distribution center of supermarket chain Lidl. A truck driver who was unloading hit 37-year-old Adil Belakhdim. Belakhdim is a trade unionist at the Italian trade union SiCobas.

Belakhdim came under the wheels of the truck and died on the spot from his injuries. Two other union members were injured, the Italian newspaper ANSA reported.

The 26-year-old truck driver initially fled but was arrested by the police a short time later. He has been transferred to prison. He is charged with manslaughter on the road. A crime punishable by up to 12 years in prison in Italy.

The union speaks on Facebook of “murder”. Belakhdim, 37, is of Moroccan descent and was a driver for the Italian province of Novara. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Adil made a case for the employees at Lidl who work in the DC for only 850 euros a month. They often work more than 13 hours a day, the schedule of which often changes. In addition, they often have to work unprotected in this corona time and they hardly get days off.

A tense atmosphere developed after the accident after family members demanded to see the body of the deceased Belakhdim at the scene of the accident.

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