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hungary / romania / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Wednesday September 24, 2008 19:54 by Ana Cosel
In January 2007 the BBC reported on a strike involving 400 Chinese female textile workers of the Wear Company in Bacau in Eastern Romania. During the strike, Sorin Nicolescu, director of the firm, was physically attacked by about 100 angry women. “Instead of working, they threw themselves at me with forks and spoons. I called the police and security. It’s just not acceptable to be attacked in my own country, in my factory, by female workers, to whom I have made every concession!” said Nicolescu in a statement to the press at the time. After the strike, through which the workers aimed to impose higher wages and better working conditions, significant numbers of women handed in their notice and returned to China. (1)
Beset by the shortage of labour-power in Romania, Wear Company has again hired labour-power from Asia, this time 500 contract-workers from Bangladesh.
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hungary / romania / workplace struggles / non-anarchist press Thursday September 04, 2008 19:20 by Ana Cosel
Like many other companies in the Romanian textile and construction sectors, textiles firm Mondostar has had to struggle with a persistent labour shortage for several years. Amongst the local workers hardly anyone is willing to work for the low wages paid in the textile industries. Since three months ago Mondostar has employed 95 women from the Philippines in order to counteract the shrinking supply of labour. Hoping for a good job in Europe, the workers from the Philippines borrowed money while still in their home country. They needed the money in order to be able to pay the high fees of the recruitment agency in Manila. The agency recruited them for Mondostar, signing a contract which entitled the workers to a basicwage of US-Dollar 400 and 100 per cent extra for overtime. In fact the women were never paid this wage. The following report is based on conversations with some of the Filipina workers.
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