ATHENS – Greek workers opposed to austerity – as is the government – took to the streets for a May Day Labor Day demonstration to show their continued resistance.
The crowd featured people waving banners of the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA party of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who, after being ready to renege on many of his anti-austerity campaign promises, now is digging in his heels in talks with international lenders.
One banner proclaimed that “nothing can stop a determined people” with others repeating a key pre-election demand by SYRIZA for a lightening of the country’s debt burden.
A key demand of the General Confederation of Greek Labor, the private sectors’ umbrella union is the restoration of the minimum wage although the government is reportedly ready to give in on that and will not seek to raise it again as it had promised.
The civil servants’ union, ADEDY, brought out its forces to protest the “decapitation of rights” and “the return to a labor and social Middle Ages.”
Similar protests were planned for Thessaloniki and other major Greek cities to mark the workers’ holiday.