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Labor rallies on May 1 postponed for after lockdown lifting, says gov’t spokesman

Unions in Greece are already planning alternative actions to labor rallies on May 1 due to the lockdown measures. The government has decided to postpone the labor rallies and events on a later date, however, yet, it is not clear whether the lockdown-fatigued Greeks will comply with the government decision.

Government spokesman Stelios Petsas urged on Monday unions and opposition parties to respect the rules of distancing on May 1.

He said that even symbolic gatherings such as those for the May Day celebrations “could jeopardize what we have struggled to achieve so far.”

Keeping safety distance is “a minimal sign of respect both for the Labor Movement and for the employees in the Health System but also for all the employees of the public and private sector so that there should be no setbacks.”

Petsas announced that May Day labor events and gatherings celebrations are transferred to the first Saturday after the lockdown restrictions are lifted and again the rules of distance should be followed.

“We expect that all the workers unions of all levels, but also all political forces will recognize that this year is different. Like Easter, so the May Day,” the government spokesman said.

Lockdown measures are in force at least May 4, 2020. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is scheduled to announce the roadmap to gradual lifting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

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