SINCE THE MOTHER DIED WORKING IN THE TEXTILE FACTORY PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 December 2007 00:00

The Greek businessmen Markos Papageorgiu will have to pay over 50,000 euros to the tow sisters Stojcevski from Bitola if the Primary Court in Bitola accepts their complaint due to the sudden death of their mother Marjana, who died this summer while working in the textile factory owned by Papageorgiu. The sisters and their father believe that late Marjana, who previously had no health problems, died from the high temperature in the factory hall and the bad working conditions.

- It is really miserable from their side not to show up even at the funeral, or give any financial assistance for the funeral costs. The left the family to take care on its own even for these unfortunate things – says Nikola Stojcev, family’s attorney.

According to him, on 14 July this year, when the tragic accident happened although it was non-working day, many employees were working in the textile factory owned by Papagerogiu. Marjana left two daughters, one high school and one college student, and the family is provided by the humble earnings of their father Ilija. – With five small windows, without any ventilation, this factory is timed bomb for the employees. In the given condition it is a hazardous performance at those temperatures. We will ask the Court for additional expert evidence, and many employees although fearing for their jobs, will testify at Court – says Stojkov. Besides the request for compensation of material damages and emotional pain in amount of 50,000 euros, Stojcevski family thinks that the court process and the expert evidence will open the problem of the conditions in the textile factories in Greek ownership. There are over 20 textile factories in Bitola, owned by Greeks, with over 2,600 employees, and only few of them are new buildings with contemporary equipment. The others are old buildings and people from Bitola believe that the late Marjana Stojcevska is the first victim of the bad working conditions.

The article is taken from Vreme, December 17, 2007

 

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