Court to hear case of acid attack victim Kuneva

A Piraeus court is set to hear in the next few days the case of Constantina Kuneva, the Bulgarian women who suffered serious injuries in a 2008 acid attack that was linked to her role as a unionist.

Kuneva, with the support of her lawyer Dafni Vagianou and the GSEE private sector workers’ union, is to ask that her injury be treated as work-related. She became blind in one eye and lost the use of her vocal chords after sulfuric acid was thrown at her as she returned home from cleaning at an electric railway station. Nobody has been arrested for the attack on December 22, 2008.

A month earlier, Kuneva told the International Trade Union Confederation in an interview that she was at odds with her employer, Oikomet, over her role as head of the Attica Union of Cleaners and Domestic Workers (PEKOP).

“I have work colleagues with whom I normally have friendly relations who no longer dare to speak to me, or say hello, in case we are spotted by someone from management,” said Kuneva. “I have been accused of theft and have received death threats by phone.”

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