Un grup de 100 de romani, plecati in Suedia la cules de fructe de padure, au organizat un protest miercuri, dupa ce au fost acuzati ca ar fi "lenesi" si nu au fost platiti de angajatorul care le-a impus o norma zilnica de lucru despre care ei sustin ca ar fi imposibil de realizat, scrie site-ul suedez TheLocal.se. Cei 100 de romani au platit cate 300 de euro fiecare pentru a ajunge in Suedia. Lor li s-au promis initial cate 60 de euro pentru a culege zilnic 50 de kilograme de fructe de padure. Ajunsi in Suedia, angajatorul a schimbat conditiile in 50 de euro pentru 70 de kilograme culese zilnic. Dupa ce si-au dat insa seama ca media zilnica de fructe culese este de doar 20 de kilograme de fructe, romanii il acuza pe angator ca i-ar fi tras pe sfoara.
"Nu sunt atatea fructe, nu ai cum sa culegi 70 de kilograme pe zi", spun romanii. De cealalta parte, angajatorul suedez sustine ca lucratorii thailandezi angajati de el ar culege zilnic 215 kilograme de fructe, iar romanii se plang din cauza ca ar fi "lenesi".
Protestul romanilor a atras si atentia politiei locale, care in cele din urma a ajuns la cocluzia ca nu este vorba despre nicio infractiune in acest caz. Angajatorul suedez si-a exprimat intentia de a contacta Ambasada Romaniei, pentru ca romanii sa fie trimisi inapoi in tara.
"Urmatorul pas va fi sa aducem in locul lor alti lucratori, prin intermediul aceleiasi agentii, insa de aceasta data le vom cere sa le verifice mai intai antecedentele penale", mai spun reprezentantii firmei suedeze.
A group of Romanian berry pickers staged a protest on Wednesday, arguing that have been brought to Sweden on false premises and after their employer in Värmland in western Sweden rejected their claims and accused them of being "lazy".
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The dispute centres around pay and conditions with the group of around 100 Romanians claiming that they were promised €60 ($86) if they picked 50 kilogrammes of berries per day, according to a report in the local nwt.se news site.
They argue that the conditions presented to them after having paid €300 to come to Sweden were changed to €50 for a daily haul of 70 kilogrammes and after a weekend averaging only 20 kilogrammes per day, the pickers decided to congregate in Munkfors to express their dismay.
"There are no blueberries so why have they called for us to come," the group’s spokesperson told nwt.se.
This claim is however rejected by Mika Riikonen, the owner of Naturbemanning och Brygg AB, who claims that the Romanian berry pickers are the only group that has struggled to find berries.
Riikonen argued that the group of Thai berry pickers average 215 kilos per day and claimed that the Romanians were given the wrong information in their home country.
"And they are lazy bums quite frankly," he told the newspaper.
The group’s protest in Munkfors attracted the interest of the local police and the berry pickers appealed to the officers for help in their plight, but were told that as nothing criminal had occurred there was no case to answer.
Naturbemanning och Brygg AB plans to contact the Romanian embassy on Thursday as well as the Kommunal union and on Friday it is hoped that the protesters will get their wish to return home.
"Then we will get new ones from the same agency. But this time I have asked them to check their criminal records first," Mika Riikonen said.