On Monday evening the scene outside of the Greek parliament was a familiar one as some 7,000 trade union members gathered to protest in an effort to highlight the government’s duty to protecting wages, pensions and to restore collective bargaining.
These latest protests came about as a result of the fresh round of talks that creditors and the Greek government that are to begin this week to address labor market reform amidst the conditions of the latest bailout.
A main concern of the protestors is that the new terms and conditions that the government might accept from creditors and lenders could very well result in more cuts of pensions, wages, and if the International Monetary Fund (IMF) gets its way, Greece would retain a minimum wage system set by law and not collective bargaining.
Demands that the minimum wage be restored to 751 euros per month as well as a restoration to the drastically cut social benefits such as pension programs were at the forefront of the protestors concern as they carried their union flags and banners while chanting “Do not compromise with poverty!”
The protest was organized by the Greek Communist party’s trade union PAME who also orchestrated other rallies around the country in protest of austerity and labor reforms.