ONE OF THE MORE NOTABLE SUCCESSES in the recent European Parliamentary elections was the adoption by the Greek party Syriza of Konstantina Kuneva. The Bulgarian-born history graduate was a trade union activist representing cleaners in the Athens area when she was attacked with sulphuric acid in 2008 (see issue 46). In her rôle with the PEKOP union she was at odds with her employer Oikomet and had been accused of theft and even received death threats. The attack left her blind in one eye with damaged vocal chords and trachea.
Fourth on the party list, she received 165,000 preference votes and will now sit with the Left GUE/NGL group in Brussels and Strasbourg. In a message to her supporters she thanked ‘everyone who believed in my candidacy on Syriza’s European Parliament ticket and who supported my efforts to continue my struggle at another level’, she continued ‘You can be my eyes and ears in the real world of work and survival’.
Konstantina Kuneva MEP