EPSU strongly condemns shooting of migrant workers in Greece

(19 April 2013) The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) firmly condemns and is utterly shocked that 30 migrant workers have been injured in a shooting on a strawberry farm in Greece after requesting salaries that had not been paid. Around 200 workers had gathered to request their unpaid salaries when at least one farm supervisor opened fire.

EPSU Deputy General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan declares: “This worrying incident shows how far we have come in Europe by ignoring workers and migrant rights. The social crisis in Europe is real. We firmly condemn these developments and call on governments in Europe to act strongly against abusive behaviors of this kind. It is also time to apply and make the conventions they have signed up to like ILO Convention 143 on migrant rights a reality.”

We express our solidarity to the migrant workers and their families. EPSU stands with its Greek affiliated unions against these unacceptable and worrying developments. They can be linked to the impact of the imposed austerity measures including severe job cuts in labour inspection services and which prove to having disastrous social consequences.

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