Two large strike rallies took place in Athens, Greece on Labor Day, with federations, unions, and workers marching towards Syntagma Square, Ekathimerini has reported.
The major federations of the private and public sector, GSEE and ADEDY, participated in the march, along with the Labor Center of Athens and Greek Communist Party (KKE)-affiliated PAME protesters.
French union members, who have been protesting against French President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms, joined the rallies with banners in Greek and French reading: “The people will win.”
Many politicians were also present including PASOK leader Nikos Androulakis, KKE Secretary General Dimitris Koutsoumbas, former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou, and ex-finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos.
Greece’s Prime Minister visits Kifissia:
The protests took place as Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited Kifissia Shoppingland area on Labor Day, where he interacted with citizens. There, he spoke about the minimum wage raise by 20 percent to 780 euros, that was achieved by his party.
Mitsotakis also spoke about an “optimistic and brighter Greece,” acknowledging though that “it is not a country without problems.”
The Prime Minister said it is now clear the country is in better shape than it was in 2019.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister and his wife attended Kifissia’s yearly Flower Show. They engaged with the attendees and examined the different flower booths.