Claims International Ladies' Garment workers' Union, p. 4. Source: Greek-canadian press
“They were working like machines”
A woman describes her first job experience in the factories.
P.Ε.: I was employed in a job in the same factory, I went to a factory. My brother-in-law had a girlfriend from
Sparta and we all lived in the same... he had an apartment and we were renting a room,
I was renting a room with… and the girlfriend of my brother-in-law we were in one house
and she took me in the factory… they were making blouses. Not in the machine, I… they had me in the folding.
Yes, I was folding blouses. There was a German supervisor, I remember, who showed me.
A very good lady and another Greek woman from Sparta whom I still know and we’re friends.
The first I met, when I went. But it was kind of difficult on the first day
of course, I didn’t know the way, the husband took me there, the factory wasn’t very far,
he took me there and because I was near the… to… ironing machines which
emanated steam, steam was coming out and that steam had bothered me
and I say “Here they’re working like machines, they don’t even go to the toilet, they don’t even drink water” because I hadn’t worked in such before.
And I had a fainting and they caught me there and therefore that day
I felt like this that I didn’t know anything, they showed me but it was… I was pressured and
I somehow fainted. And they told me, they brought me water, they told me, I asked about the toilet…
I could go but I didn’t know because I was seeing everyone working like machines,
for this reason I sometimes say when they complain in Greece that they work hard “We worked very hard here”…