The celebration rally of May 1st – Labor Day – ended on Syntagma Square. It was organized by two of the largest Greek unions – the civil servants’ ADEDY, the private employees’ GSEE and the Union of workers and employees. - "1TV"
With the slogan "together we can" and with the main demand of ensuring collective agreements, at least 5,000 people of all ages, employed, unemployed and retired, responded to the call of the unions. In the periphery of the rallies material damage was caused to three election booths.
Meanwhile, members of non-parliamentary leftist parties held a protest march, which started from the Archaeological Museum on “Stadiou” Street and ended on Square Syntagma in front of the Greek Parliament.
The rally of the Communist movement PAME was held in the factory "Greek steel", whose workers have been on strike for over six months.
Similar strikes were held in all major cities in the country. Mainly Italian and Portuguese members of the European trade unions expressed their support for Greek trade unions during the rallies
May 1st was celebrated in Thessaloniki with rallies against government austerity measures and processions in the streets as well. The workers Union in Thessaloniki and the Union of the organizations of civil servants held a rally on the "Aristotelous" square in the city centre. Later, a procession was held and wreaths were laid before the Monument of the Employee in front of the Union of Workers.
"Today we honour the struggles of the working people. Unemployment now exceeds 32 percent, we are experiencing the biggest crisis of all time, and the government's measures are ineffective and lead to deadlock. Workers are here and will fight", said the President of the Union of Workers Panagiotis Tsaramboulidis.
In Patras two different demonstrations and processions were organized. The first demonstration was held on "National Resistance" square and was organized jointly by the workers Union of the city and the regional organization Union of civil servants.
During the speeches the following request was expressed: "a different policy with plan and program that will strengthen development, promote employment, create new jobs, will guarantee social benefits, income, workers' rights and social cohesion."
Meanwhile, the communist movement PAME held a rally on “Georgiou” square. The speeches emphasized that "now the fight for branch collective agreements must be started, which will prevent the reduction of wages, and organized opposition to additional taxes should increase as well, asking for their removal altogether."
Rallies were followed by protest demonstrations in the city centre, during which slogans against the memorandum and economic measures were chanted.