"Some of the other employees didn't get protective clothing through their interim agency, so I don't want to wear mine either because I don't want to feel different from the others"
Erdijan, 18 years, Germany
Before our family escaped from the violence in our country, we lived in Kosovo. There we lived in Pristin, the capital.
In Germany we spent 3 months in a refugee camp. 13 people shared a room. After this time we moved to a flat from a charity organisation.
We now live with 5 people in our flat: my parents, my two brothers and me. My father works in a factory which produces bread. Additionally we get some money from the social welfare office.
Our family were afraid of a possible deportation for a long time. Now I am having a residence permit. Until some months ago, my grandmother has had an exceptional leave to remain. We have been very worried that she has to go back to Kosovo and she suffered a lot because of this insecurity.
I am a Roma. The Romanes language is very important to me. I will make sure that my children will learn it, too. Members of my family are living all over Europe. I graduated at a secondary school which focuses on preparing people for an apprenticeship. I would like to start a training as a cook. It is my dream to have a restaurant which offers Yugoslavian food.
At the moment I have different jobs. For example, I am cleaning a supermarket or I am helping as a painter. I am working through an interim agency - one of the biggest in Germany. I am working in an archiving casino online company and will be here for another week or two, then return to another factory which packs bread.
The interim agency offered us protective clothing, but I don't use the gloves and boots because they are not practical, so I have some injuries on my hands and feet. Some of the other employees didn't get protective clothing through their interim agency, so I don't want to wear mine either because I don't want to feel different from the others. There are 9 interim workers, and 4 permanent staff. Not all are from the same interim agency.
In the bread packing factory 90% are interim labourers. Only the 2 chefs are permanent, and some admin staff. The salary is not so good in either company. Even if they offered me a permanent contract, I'm not sure if I would accept because the salary is not good. My preference would be to work in the bread packing factory because the salary is a bit better than the other company, but the archiving company have better conditions and working hours.