"The craft is dying out"/ The turner of the Combine: I retired and I still work

2022-12-03 20:27:53Aktualitet SHKRUAR NGA REDAKSIA VOX
Sefer Shkambi

The craft of turners is dying out. At the Autotractor factory in Kombinat, Sefer Shkambi is one of the few professional mechanics who continues to work. Although he has retired, no new specialist has come to replace him. Seferi works with passion, but he regrets that this craft is not supported by the youth or the state.

"I continue to work. I have reached the retirement age, but due to the lack of specialists and the internal needs of the enterprise, I have postponed retirement. The new generation should come here to work, but they do not come close to it at all. This is a criticism that should be done by the state, not us. Emigration brings more income than here. I don't see light at the end of the tunnel, as the situation here is as you can see," he told MCN.

Many plants were destroyed after the 1990s. Others were left to degrade, heading for ruin. Such a large industry, built with the efforts of Albanians during the dictatorship, was not kept afloat by any government after the 90s. These enterprises were abused by selling them for scrap or privatizing them.