The rallies of labour unions, including the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) and the public sector employees' union ADEDY, for the celebration of May 1 anniversary are underway in the centre of Athens on Wednesday.
"The Labour Day is a day of honor and struggle of the working class that, through its long struggle, is trying to break the bonds of exploitation, reduce social inequalities, maintain and expand its conquests and rights. The struggles of the workers of Chicago, as well as later struggles, achieved the establishment of the eight-hour working day, social security rights, maternity protection, holidays, trade union rights, collective labour agreements, as well as access to social goods such as free health, education, culture, etc.," ADEDY said in a statement.
"In our country, over the past 10 years, the world of labour, the non-privileged, the unemployed, the young and the women, have experienced the memorandum policies of successive governments, which led 40 pct of the population to poverty and social exclusion. This year's celebration for us, both public and private sector employees, self-employed, small and medium-sized companies, and scientists, should be the starting point for struggles to change these policies," ADEDY added.