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May-Protests against the labor bill scrapping 8-hour workday, overtime payment

Wearing masks and carrying banners, protesters started to flock to downtown Athens on Thursday morning, as demonstrations for Labor Day were moved from May 1 (Easter Saturday) to May 6. Main demand of protesters this year is the withdrawal of the new labor bill that will scrap the 8-hour workday as well as the overtime payment.

Public sector union ADEDY, the Labor Center of Athens and the union of the Communist party, PAME, have called for this strike.

Participants are also unions and associations of workers who have been economically hit particularly from the pandemic measures.

Video: The Pnahellenic Musicians Association outside the Greek Parliament

The unions say they are “determined to resist to the government’s plans for the return to a medieval working conditions.”

Hospitals work with emergency personnel as the staff has joined the strike.

The strike has lead to transport disruptions as metro, tram and trolley buses unions joined the 24-hour strike and  commuters moved to work with private vehicles.

On 24-hour strike

Metro lines 2 and 3 as well as Line 1 (urban train ISAP)

Ferries and ships

4-hour work stoppage

Air traffic controllers between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Four international and 14 domestic flights of Aegean and Olympic Air  have been canceled, while the departure and arrival times of another nine international and 20 domestic flights have been modified.

 

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