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Immigrant workers degradation practices: boss’ thugs assault Pakistanis asking their wages in Nikaea, Athens

Posted by clandestina on 24 June 2009

Two Pakistani builders in Nikaia, Athens, fell victims of their employer on Sunday. When they went to get the wages a cafe owner owed them, theywere  faced with … shooting and a wild beating!

These are Waseem Akram and Imran Qaser, who have been for long claiming their wages from the owner of the café.  On Sunday at 3.30 pm, they had an appointment in some square of the area , in order to get the money.

Instead, however, for the money, the bosses thugs appeared, firing into the air.  They assaulted and brutally beat the immigrants, shouting «lousy pakistanis, go back to your country».  They even threatened that they would report   Ouasim Akram to the police to deport him for not having documents.

info: tvxs article

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Athens Airport: death, redundacies, corruption and the pretext of economic crisis

Posted by clandestina on 10 April 2009


just a fancy deathtrap for workers

An athens indymedia article, translated roughly by clandestinenglish.

The J&P-ΑΒΑΞ Α.Ε. business group operating at the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport has sacked 42 people, both Greek and immigrants, who had been employed by the company in cleaning services. They were dismissed with summary procedures on the pretext of the economic crisis, of course.  They all had completed three years at the job and were all anticipating the increase in wages  the law foresees. Instead , they were made redundant en masse.
Now the German holding company, which is infamous for bribing officials to undertake the project of cleaning services at the airport, Hochtief, is about to make recruitments of new unspeacialised workers from the pool of unemployed. So much for the pretext of the economic crisis making people redundant.

At the same airport, 7 people have lost their lives in the construction site for the new shopping mall. At the same airport workers are intimidated and humiliated by corporate bosses. For those who do not know it, one day before the criminal assault against Kuneva, a worker from Albania lost both his legs, his left hand and his genital organs, because J&P-ΑΒΑΞ Α.Ε. forced him to clean up the suburban railway lines at the airport without first turning off the power line. The company prevented workers by reporting the incident through intimidation and blackmail.
At the airport everyday crimes are commited.

We must not leave our fellow workers alone.


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Murder at workplaces – Greek and migrant workers have their share of death

Posted by clandestina on 9 March 2009

One more migrant worker was killed on Friday the 6th of March afternoon due to the absence of protective measures in the construction industry. The deseased was a 23 year old builder from Syria.  He lost his balance and fell from the second floor of the building he worked on in the municipality of Kouloukonas in Rethymnon, Crete. He was transferred immediately to the Health Center of Anogeia but by then he had already passed away. 

 After the death of the worker, the contractor disappeared, while the Trade Union Center of Rethimnon simply expressed their regret and condemned – as usual – the government for the lack of audit committees to check at work sites.  This, in an area where informal (low paid, uninsured, unsafe) labour is the rule, as the Labour Inspection agency of the state itself admits.

source: Athens Indymedia article

 Yesterday, a 53 year old Greek who had been working at the “Chalyves Karali” steel factory near Larissa died of heart attack, caused by the work overload.  As the Union of Metal Workers of Larissa write, the father of two as well as his 60 fellow workers had been unpaid their regular wages for 3 months now, while overtime money had not been paid for several more.  

source: Athens Indymedia article

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