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(en) Greece, Patrida Imathia (northerm Greece), We start the engines of self-management by Dmitri (trans. and edit.)
Mon, 7 Mar 2016 12:09:13 +0200
For the re-opening of the timber factory in Patrida Imathia --- We demand the government
to show us when the assets of a company deteriorate… Why when former employees been paid
their arrears the property is changed, and when the bosses sell out machines and made
money is not? We understand very well what is happening, how the bosses managed the
business. In 20-30 years in that same workplace, we saw so many that no-one can imagine.
---- We, the former and current employees of the company E.Papadopoulos - N.Pagouras SA,
are determined, and our momentum is our right. We do not give up the struggle. We do not
give away neither our accrued interests nor our compensations. ---- We start the engines
of self-management ---- With self-management and struggle for the re-opening of the timber
factory in Patrida Imathia (northerm Greece)
We are workers, men and women, of a once large timber company. Most of us work here 20-35
years. We are all those who for the last five and a half years have shown patience, as
unpaid workers, supporting amongst all other difficulties the possibility of the company
coming back on track, believing the promises and the lies of the company's owners. We are
all those who following bosses’ orders used to go an hour earlier and leave an hour after
the end of working hours. From night to night. We are all those who with all our soul and
courage, pretending to be the "captain" for not sinking the boat, as some of our
colleagues used to say.
So every worker in 2010 was having just 150-160 stamps instead of 300 (with 25 days of
work a month) and used to be paid in front over a month, 200-400 euros.
On 4/10/2011 the company brought before the regional Court an application for a
declaration of bankruptcy, which after repeated postponements of the hearing date in
2/22/2012 and in 11/11/2012, was going to be heard in 3/13/2013. The same day the company
acknowledged in writing all the outstanding arrears and advances to the staff up to
All these years the tactic the bosses followed was meant to relieve the company by their
responsibilities towards their lenders. And although the court decided otherwise, they
began selling the machinery, impairing the property of the company, destroying our pride,
our lives. First the truck, after the caterpillar, then forklifts, metals, cables,
coppers, a jeep and other stuff... And again promises for payments if we stop our struggle
and again attacks to us, taking advantage of the time passing and by the claim of
bankruptcy not been heard yet. Any worker who dared to ask for his/her money, faced
threats by bosses that banging their hands on the desk saying with a macho behaviour: "I
have not money, do anything you want and get ...", as if we “ate” the money together. We
forced to beg for our accrued interests and lifetime efforts. Insults and scorn were our
The last act of their project is played since September 2015, when someone appeared as an
investor to buy the company instead of a lentil dish (for peanuts). And he continues the
work of the previous bosses, leaving unpaid bills of social security, GST, taxation,
electricity, etc ... some hundred thousand of euros.
So we arrived in January 2016, when we declared work retention and occupied the factory.
We declare that our patience was been exhausted and want the immediate return to the
factory of all sold machines, equipment, cars, trucks, heavy duty machinery, and the
cables by the sale of which bosses made money.
We demand the government to show us when the assets of a company deteriorate… Why when
former employees been paid their arrears the property is changed, and when the bosses sell
out machines and made money is not? We understand very well what is happening, how the
bosses managed the business. In 20-30 years in that same workplace, we saw so many that
no-one can imagine.
We, the former and current employees of the company E.Papadopoulos - N.Pagouras SA, are
determined, and our momentum is our right. We do not give up the struggle. We do not give
away neither our accrued interests nor our compensations.
We are determined to start the factory without bosses, and by self-management to raise
ourselves, recovering our dignity.
What our former rulers of E.Papadopoulos-N.Pagouras SA could not do, we can do it.
Following the example of VIOME in Greece (Thessaloniki) , we say that without us no cog
turns, we workers can do without bosses.
We start the engines!
former employees of the company E.Papadopoulos-N.Pagouras.
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