Ten years after Bulgaria joined the European Union, the people’s hopes for better lives had not been fulfilled, a report by Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) said. Labour conditions in Bulgaria had deteriorated.
A ZDF team filmed sewists, employed by a textile company in Bulgaria, protesting on a street. The report did not say which city they were in, but the video material suggested it was Blagoevgrad.
Low salaries were one of the reasons for the protest, the TV report said. Secondly, the company had not paid any salaries to the sewists in several months.
In front of the camera, one of the protesting ladies said: “How can it be that we earn 250 Euro only and that our pension will be 75 Euro? We are second class Europeans.” Another employee stated this: “In the building, we had to sew, wearing a coat and hat, since the heating worked for two hours per day only.”
The protesters felt exploited, the ZDF report said. Also they had to work in a climate of fear and intimidation.
Large textile chains, such as H&M, C&A or Adidas are producing “in Bulgaria, instead of Bangladesh”, according to this German TV report. Having goods produced within the European Union made those big fashion retailers look better.
The ZDF report (in German) could be watched here in the morning of March 2nd, 2017.
Photo source: ZDF