Serifos Island

In Megalo Livadi, on the Greek island of Serifos, one finds the remnants of the first-ever Greek worker revolt. It took place in the mines of the Société des mines de Seriphos-Spiliazeza, the French-founded mining company later purchased and run by German Emilios Gromman. Angered by poor working conditions and intense labor without end, Egyptian-educated and Serifos-born Constantinos Speras sparked a revolt and held control of the island for several days. Eventually, troops were deployed from the nearby Kea island and the revolt was put down. But not before 4 workers were shot.

(at Σεριφος , serifos island)

Yaël Ossowski is an international consumer activist and writer. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages. He is founder and editor of Devolution Review, deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. He was previously a national investigative reporter at He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. He currently splits his time between Vienna, Austria and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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