Biljana from ‘Alcatraz’

Europe, Why Women Count

biljanaBiljana Smileva worked 12 hour shifts at the local textile factory to support her three children. Like the 30,000 other women paid one or two Euros a day in Macedonia’s textile industry, she felt there was no choice but to put up with the long hours, low pay and inhuman conditions. While independence from the former Yugoslavia has created a raft of new business tycoons, over a third of Macedonians are now unemployed and poverty is widespread. Biljana was finally fired from her job after she publicly criticised the working conditions at the factory. Now she is suing for unpaid overtime and unfair dismissal.

Production: A1 TV

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Biljana from ‘Alcatraz’
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