Loggers want pay or flood works face chop

Hundreds of woodcutters who were called in to help build flood defenses in the Peloponnese following last summer’s wildfires have threatened to destroy the barriers unless they are paid their outstanding wages. The laborers, who have come from all over the country to help chop down burned trees in the prefecture of Ileia, claim they have not been paid since October. It appears that they have not received their wages because the local forestry service, based in the town of Pyrgos, has not yet been given the necessary funding. The lumberjacks have built the flood defenses in the charred areas by binding together logs, which are then laid out to act as barriers when there is heavy rainfall. They are threatening that if they are not paid the money, they will undo the work they have carried out since September.