Monday, December 12, 2005

DESPERATE MEASURES

This story from Cyprus Tales A Chinese man threatened a public suicide to protest his treatment at the hands of his Cypriot employer. Immigrant support group KISA head Doros Polycarpou said Monday’s incident was far from isolated, adding that his group was aware of dozens of foreign workers in the same position... “The only difference is, this man couldn’t take it any more”

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At 12/13/2005 01:13:00 AM, Blogger EllasDevil said...

These two facts jumped out at me:

His employer insisted she paid all the wages, in cash, on time. But when asked for the pay slips she was unable to produce them, claiming that they must have been stolen.

* The Labor Ministry was aware as the Chinese man had filed a complaint last summer. The Labor ministry had done nothing about it, however. He claimed the ministry could not intercede in contracts between employers and employees, “except to offer advice and information”.

Yeah, I'm sure they'll intervene now they've been shamed in public!

 
At 12/13/2005 08:36:00 AM, Blogger The SeaWitch said...

What's even more surprising is that the man continued to work for such a person for 4 years. An employer who doesn't pay wages commits theft...from both the employee and Greek citizens. If she's not paying wages, I guarantee you she's not paying taxes or IKA contributions either. If ever the government needed a clear-cut case for prosecution of tax evasion, I'm sure this woman is it.

 
At 12/13/2005 08:42:00 AM, Blogger adfjkaj said...

As long as the authorities treat stuff like this as a traffic ticket, people have no incentive to stop doing it. In America, if you commit tax fraud, you go to jail. In Greece, most times you just pay a small fine. So, they don't consider it a serious risk.

 
At 12/13/2005 10:18:00 AM, Blogger deviousdiva said...

You've all been very busy over here first thing in the morning!

hi ellasdevil, "Yeah, I'm sure they'll intervene now they've been shamed in public!"
I am not sure they will though. It'll die down and go away very soon (if it hasn't already) and it will be business as usual.

hey, seawitch, I was shocked that this man had put up with this situation for so long too. It is truly incredible what people endure because there is no alternative for them? I cannot imagine what it must be like.

hi scruffy american, as long as employers can get away with violations of the law (not paying proper taxes, paying low wages, not paying insurance, appalling work conditions, not paying AT ALL) they will.
Dare I say it? The powers that be have no interest in clamping down on exploitation and corruption because they are the same people who benefit from it. Here and everywhere.

 
At 12/13/2005 10:24:00 AM, Blogger adfjkaj said...

Diva,

You are right on target HERE and that other place you were just at. Thanks and I just responded to you on my blog.

 

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