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About the death of the Indian immigrant worker in Varipetro, Chania, Jan 31, 2010

Posted by clandestina on 3 February 2010

This is a Forum of Migrants in Crete press release.

For the death of the Indian worker in Varipetro, Chania, on Sunday, 31/1/2010

3 FEB 2010
Labour accidents are tragic, shocking events. But what is more than shocking is what these people die of: inadequate protection measures.
One more spectre that should haunt the sleep of state bureaucracies, trade union bosses, and the business world.

Another worker killed, due to inadequate safety measures.

He fell from scaffolds, from a 6 meters height …

We note that many immigrant workers have already lost their lives in a working regime verging on cruelty. We are not only talking about the labour intense and unsafe conditions, but also about the long shifts, the ridiculous wages and of course the uninsured status. It is the harsh reality, which the Greek politicians do not see and nobody refers to now that the new bill on citizenship and immigration is discussed. It is the hard fact that some Greek people refuse to see, entrenched as they are in insecurity and fear and the conviction that they have discovered the “enemy” of their wealth: immigrants. Yet, it is immigrants -uninsured and underpaid – who build their houses, who look after their elderly relatives and their household, who pick fruit from their fields, who do all those jobs that Greeks refuse to do anymore.

We require that the state protects workers and implements the labour law.

We demand that trade union leaders deter further accidents and deaths by having unions’ and associations’ gates wide open for their immigrants colleagues (with or without papers) who should be fully entitled to the rights of membership

Let us not wait passively for the next “accidental death”.
Greek and foreign workers, united, let us claim now everything that is ours.

Let us push with our actions the employers, who we know very well will never show concern for us.

No more deaths, no more crippled workers.

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undeclared blood

Posted by clandestina on 2 November 2009

In the last few days the mass media  in Greece have been producing all kinds of elaborate arguments in favour of the young police woman who was critically injured by the bullets of some obscure urban gorilla group.

There has been much more blood shed than that in Greece , much more. Blood that remained in the shadow of public attention.

Some horrible reminders:

At least eight refugees (women and children) drown in the Aegean – one more unspeakable tragedy

Immigrant victim of police torture passes away in Athens

Greece: 5 immigrants murdered in one year, 50 in the last decade

(and in the Mediterranean The massacre continues: 459 deaths in the first 6 months of 2009)

plus the horrible deaths at work, the so called “labor accidents” (many immigrants among them) – list “brought to attention”  by Alice’s blog).

According to the Labor Inspectors, the following fatal industrial accidents have been officially recorded in the last 10 years   :

• 2000 127 accidents
• 2001  188 accidents
• 2002  153 accidents
• 2003  145 accidents
• 2004  127 accidents
• 2005  111 accidents
• 2006  128 accidents
• 2007  115 accidents
• 2008  142 accidents
• it is estimated that in 2009, 57 people lost their lives at work.

1293 dead workers

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Murder at workplaces – Greek and migrant workers have their share of death – July & August 2009

Posted by clandestina on 1 September 2009

We translate here roughly the list of data compiled by comrades at  As the comrades write:

“[…] the reason for compiling the list is not to provoke “pity” for the deaths.  At workplaces there is an undeclared war raging , with victims on the part of workers.  With some rough calculations, every three days an employee dies. The list is by no means comprehensive. We know that information is made publicly available only for a few of the “accidents” really happening.  But we ourselves have no doubt about what is really the case: the State and the bosses kill!”

July 2: Accident in the construction site of the Larissa-Trikala National Road; a 26 year old from Larissa, was electrocuted while instaling lighting poles – forunately, he survived.

July 3: A twenty-something guy from Pakistan, working in the chain of pizzerias “Bellisimo” had a serious accident while on delivery route, and he was hospitalized for 5 days in Intensive Care Unit of the hospital «Saint Savas»; he is still hospitalized at the State Hospital in Nikaia. The incident became known last Saturday after complaints of workers in the Tourism – Food Union of Piraeus. If there hadn’t been for the complaint, the accident would not have ever been recorded. It was confirmed that the 20 year old worked there for about a year uninsured, over 10 hours daily, like the rest of his colleagues! Remember that last year on June 24, the 19 year old Rechman Mahmoud from Pakistan, an uninsured delivery employee of the Belissimo pizzeria in Kolonos, Athens, was hit by a car at the time of work and after ten days in a comatose condiution he died.

July 7: The 45 year old Schygulla Mustaffa died a tragic death while working in the tunnel of the Train Organisation of Greece, near Aghios Stephanos, Domokos, Central Greece. The site was operated by the construction company «AKTOR».

July 14, a 61 year old man was fatally wounded at the dock of ship the ship repair company «NEORION SA» – a group of companies based in Piraeus, 67, Akti Miaouli – and Syros.

July 22: A severe accident, with one dead and twenty people injured, occurred shortly after 16:00 in KOUKOUTARIS A. «ALFA» SA, frozen dough products industry, which employs 165 workers and has branches in Athens, Thessaloniki and Ioannina. The accident was caused by a leakage of gas in the building after some complication in a tank used to cool the refrigerators. A 35-year old woman succumbed to injuries in the hospital of Kozani. Apart from the unfortunate woman, five other employees with severe burns have been tranferred to the same hospital; more workers at the same shift suffer lung problems.

-Another man in the long list of murders: During trench excavation works, a 50 year old worker of the Municipal Enterprise for Water Supply and Sewerage of Katerini, Central Macedonia Region, was crushed by soil. He was at a depth of approximately 1.70 meters when the pit wall collapsed.

An “accident” occurred in the quarries of Lamia, Central Greece, operated by the company «UNITED QUARRIES SA» (3, Truman str., Lamia) and it resulted in the amputation of a the 55 year old Nicholas Hrysos, who lost fingers from both hands. The «accident» took place during the placement of of some explosive device.

July 23: A fatal «accident» occured at the roadworks in the Louros area of Preveza. The victim was Vassilis Panagiotou, a 23 year old from Filiates. The unlucky worker was tragically killed by electrocution, when, while lifting iron pillars from a crane vehicle, he touched a power line of PPC.

July 25: Ntanout Noumitratsi (Danut Dumitrachi, a 39 year old working at Mantoudi, Evoia, died a tragic death – he was crushed by volumes of scrap metal. The unlucky laborer was working for the company «Terna» (Mesogion 85, Athens. According to information, the safety standerds were far from met.

July 27: a bus driver, during a journey to Moudania, Halkidiki, lost control of the vehicle which ended in a field with olive trees. The passengers were unharmed but the driver was transported to the Health Center of Moudania where it was found he had suffered from a heart attack, which caused his death.

July 28: The 50 year old builder George Michalas, who works for the subcontracting company «Athanasopoulos – Bakalaros» was buried alive. The particular project at the shore of a river is undertaken by the Mechaniki company. What is indicative of the working conditions leading to such accidents is the fact that the 50 year old worker had working since the morning at the site and he was injured at 7 pm! At some point the ground collapsed and the soil fell on the man, since the protective iron used in these cases was absent as well. The 50 year old worker was rescued by his colleagues.

July 28: A 54 year old migrant worker in the works of the Electric Power Compani Substation in Leondari, Thessaly, was rescued the last instance, after he had been trapped between a moving crane and a wall. His name is Romelion Voulmpes, of Romanian citizenship and he is working for the company «POSEIDON SA», which has undertaken the construction of the substation.

July 31: Another crime, the victim of which was the the 46 year old immigrant from Bangladesh Gulaf Miah happened in Aspropyrgos, at the company «General Recycling – Real Estate Hotel SA – «Γενική Ανακυκλώσεως Κτηματική Ξενοδοχειακή ΑΕ»”. The immigrant was «buried» and compressed under tonnes of recyclable material (paper) for about two days! The last time someone saw Miah alive was a foreman of the company at 10.30 Friday morning. Nobody looked for the immigrant until the family made a statement of disappearance the next day, on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Police Department Aspropyrgos! The Association of Private Employees and Anonymous Companies Offices launched on 4 / 8 a 24-hour work stoppage.

August 2: A 36 year old worker in the factory of LARCO, Larymna, was burnt to death and three of his colleagues were slightly injured in a blast furnace accident at the plant. The three wounded were taken to hospital in Lamia. The fatal accident happened when under so far unspecified conditions, the ore, which at that time had a temperature of more than 3,000 C, leaked.

August 3: A propane leak occurred yesterday afternoon during a transfusion from a tanker facilities of a private company, which was at in the Second MOT of Thessaloniki. The driver of the tank, in an effort to stop the leak, was injured by liquefied propane.

August 3: An electrocution accident which resulted in the serious injury of the worker Giorgos Bouritas occurred during works to expand the medium voltage substation of High Voltage in Larimna, Boeotia.

August 4, 2009: A 67 year old night watchman at New Anchialos, Volos, working in the Agricultural Cooperative «Demeter», died while trying to close the iron gate of the entrance of the factory, which crushed and fell on him. The wounded man was taken to the General Hospital of Volos. He died there a few hours later.

August 5: The 30-year old Vassilis Katsikis found a horrible death in the worksite of Grammatiko, Attica, when the lorry he was a co-driver on crushed and hot tar toppled on him. This death sheds light on the horrible circumstances under which drivers work, since the trucks carrying the tar are old and do not meet any safty standards. The company he worked for is «Ashpaltiki Attica SA».

August 6: A 39 year old worker from Albania, Louska Zekir, was killed while working on projects in the Eleusis – Tsakona road. When a crane lifted scrap of approximately one ton the strap was cut. The worker was working for the company «SELKOS». The site belongs to the subcontractor company Straktor of the Moreas consortium, that manufactures the highway from Tripoli to Kalamata.

August 18: A 50 year old worker was Hospital hospitalized after suffering injuries when his truck collided with a second truck in the mines of the Electrical Company, at Kommanos, Kozani, Western Macedonia.

August 20: A 28 year old worker at the Greek Petroleum refineries Aspropyrgos Panayiotis League lost his life instantly by falling from a height of about 5 meters.

August 21: A 30-year old worker from Albania was killed while working at the gas tank industry of «TANK GAS», in Karditsa, Thessaly. The worker was killed by an explosion, while performing coloring works inside a tank.

August 26: Shortly before 12 at noon, a furnace explosion killed inside a factory the 27 year old Costas Delis. Due to the explosion there were four more worker wounded; one of them, C. Papaconstantinou, suffered severe burns.

August 25: The 38 year old contract employee of the Electrical Company, Panagiotis Hatzidimitriou, was sent to do repairs on columns of electricity cables after 15 days training (the training used to last 6 months some years ago). The “accident” occurred in Thessaloniki, in Lagadas, when the worker fell from a height when he took off his belt to bypass an artificial barrier, while descending from the column he had climbed to repair the damage. He died on the spot.

August 26: The 55 year old Haikalis Kyriazidis died an instant death by electrocution while working in Evoia. He touched a wire, while manipulating the crane that loads tubes. The worker was working in the technical company «ERGOROI», which has undertaken the construction of the “biological purification” of urban liquid waste of Istiea.

August 27: A 28 year old Greek was crushed by a block of residues of animal food in the warehouse he worked for. He was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital of Rethymnon. His colleagues and firefighters freed the worker, who was left unconscious by the blast. He is hospitalized and lives on life preserving devices.

August 28: A 27 year old worker in a painting workshop, in Pandroso, Rodopi, Thrace, was very “lucky”, to fall from a scaffold of five meters, and survive with only minor injuries.

August 29: One more labour “accident” occurred on a site of Egnatia highway in the prefecture of Ioannina. A 47 year old worker from Anilio, Metsovo, Ipeirus, who worked for the Egnatia Odos, had his left hand stuck in a cutting machine. His colleagues in the company of “AKTOR” and firefighters freed the worker, who was unconscious. He was immediately transferred to the Health Center of Metsovo and from there, given the seriousness of the situation, he was relocated to the Ioannina University Hospital.

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