After the Greek seamen, workers on other transport means have declared strike and work stoppages on the 1st of May 2017. The day is normally celebrated with workers’ strike.
So far the schedule for the strikes is:
Buses will operate between 9 am and 9 pm
Trolley buses on 24-hour strike
Urban Train ISAP will operate after 8 a.m.
Metro, Tram will operate as usual
Trains and Proastiakos on 24 hour strike. Consequently, the Metro will operate only until and from <Doukisis Plakentias> station and not up/from the Athens airport. There will be disruption on the Late night trains Athens-Thessaloniki already on Sunday, April 30th. Check with Trainose, telephone number <14511> and at www.trainose.gr website.
Updates for possible participation of workers at the Metro, Tram and Urban train ISAP will be added when decisions are taken.
Old slogan: May Day is a strike day and not a holiday.
The International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day in some countries, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement, socialists, communists or anarchists and occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.
The date was chosen for International Workers’ Day by the Second International, a pan-national organization of socialist and communist political parties, to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886.
The Haymarket affair (also known as the Haymarket massacre or Haymarket riot) was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago.
It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians; scores of others were wounded.
In the internationally publicized legal proceedings that followed, eight anarchists were convicted of conspiracy. Four of them were hanged.
The 1904 International Socialist Conference in Amsterdam, the Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.”