Until a few days ago, the fields around the village of Nea Manolada in the Peloponnese were a hive of activity as thousands of immigrant workers picked the strawberries that southern Greece exports across Europe. Now those fields are quiet.
On April 17 three Greek foremen at one of the strawberry farms fired shotguns at a large group of mostly Bangladeshi strawberry pickers who were demanding several months of back pay. More than 30 migrants were injured, and the supervisors, along with their boss, were arrested. As a result of the highly publicized incident, many foreign companies that import Nea Manolada strawberries have (more…)
Ο Aldous Huxley προειδοποιούσε ήδη από το 1962 : «Μόνο ένα μεγάλο λαϊκό κίνημα υπέρ της αποκέντρωσης της εξουσίας και της αυτοοργάνωσης μπορεί να σταματήσει τη σημερινή τάση προς ολοκληρωτισμό. Ένα πραγματικά αποτελεσματικό ολοκληρωτικό κράτος θα είναι αυτό στο οποίο το ισχυρό διευθυντήριο των πολιτικών αρχηγών και της στρατιάς των μάνατζερ ελέγχουν έναν πληθυσμό σκλάβων χωρίς να χρειάζεται να ασκήσουν εξαναγκασμό, γιατί θα τους αρέσει η σκλαβιά τους. Και το να τους αρέσει η σκλαβιά τους έχει ανατεθεί από τα σημερινά ολοκληρωτικά κράτη σε υπουργεία προπαγάνδας, στους εκδότες και τους μηντιάρχες και στους δασκάλους και καθηγητές.»
I am R.B. from India. Presently I am pursuing my MBA in Germany. I am an Engineer by profession with 18 years of experience in Project/ Program management etc. in a leadership role.
I have been studying the Greek crisis and it has been a big topic of discussion during this MBA. We even had a visit to the ECB in Frankfurt where this issue was presented to us and discussed. I read the article with great interest and I have concrete proposals to share which I think can be implemented to resolve the crisis.
Since the space is short here, I am looking forward to a suitable response from your end to share my views.
Thanks for contacting EPAM.
We’d be delighted to listen to your proposals even a general idea.
Looking forward to reading from you soon.
Dear Sir,Please find enclosed a proposal from my side. I am looking forward to your feedback on the proposal.
My answers in red:
Problem Statement. As the unemployment numbers rise in Greece, the expenses of the Govt. (in welfare payments) also rises.
The expenses of the government in welfare payments are non-existent since Greece signed with troika (=IMF, ECB, EU). On the contrary, unemployement is due to the fact that the government does not spend because the governemewnt uses the taxes to pay the debt which was produced by euro.
Further, the unemployed are also disruptive and so the traditionally profitable industries (like tourism) are also adversely affected. So this is like a downward spiral. What is the Govt. doing? They are trying to sell of the ‘crown jewels’ i.e the best run companies in the country to raise money. What the Govt. doesn’t realize is that even if they sell these companies (at a fraction of their true value), due to the possible disruption by the unemployed, getting work done in such companies inside Greece is uncertain and risky.
So, the direction of the solution has to be to find some sort of employment for the large number of unemployed. This has to be a private sector solution so that the burden of the Govt. (in welfare payments) is reduced. History has proved ( USA Great Depression etc) that private sector is not the solution when a country’s economy is in free fall like Greece’s is. On the contrary. The loss of this ‘burden’ in welfare payements is what led to this situation where an entire people is exploited by private Banks and private sector.
Lastly, it is about the pride of the Greeks who (like any other self-respecting nation) would like to get themselves out of this crisis by working hard and not by being unemployed. I don’t know about other nations but the Greeks will not get out of the crisis by working like slaves to pay the debts others (=political system) made for him.
Proposed Solution. The solution lies in setting up of ‘Special Economic Zones’ (SEZ) in Greece where Multi National Companies (MNCs) preferably in the FMCG sector, can set up their plants and employ the Greeks. One very competitive MNC is TATA, who are into a lot of things (at least in India) from salt to luxury cars and even locomotives. Maybe in India it worked (although I would very much like to listen to someone who works in a SEZ in India what he has to say about that) but I wonder why France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Italy, do not have SEZs in their countries? Do they know something India, China, South Korea do not? (more…)
I woke up this morning to the shocking news of a shooting incident in Nea Manolada in which over 30 people were injured, several seriously. The victims were all migrant workers mainly from Bangladesh who work in the strawberry fields in the area. The workers had gathered (allegedly) to demand wages that had been unpaid for 6 months when they were shot at by at least one of the three Greek supervisors.
This is not the first time this area has been in the news:
Manolada has been at the center of cases involving violence against migrant workers a number of times in recent years. Last year, two Greek men were arrested for beating a 30-year-old Egyptian, jamming his head in the window of a car door and dragging him for around one kilometer.
I am speechless at the moment as to how to respond. It sounds so much like an incident that would happen in South Africa or a developing country… not in Europe. How have we come to this ? (more…)