Labour Day in Greece has been marked by a transport strike to protest against austerity measures`the government has introduced because of the country’s dire financial state.
Train and ferry services were cancelled as workers downed tools. They feel the low paid are bearing the brunt of the cutbacks that were demanded as part of an EU and IMF emergency financial rescue.
Greece was forced to ask for help to avoid going bankrupt.
One protester at a rally in Athens said: ‘They are telling us that we should pay for this crisis. Well no! Workers don’t owe a single euro because it is not them who made this crisis.’
Another added: ‘The final battle has not been won. We won some fights but not the final battle over these measures they are imposing on us.’
It has been more than a year since the austerity measures were brought in. Jobs have been lost and workers in several sectors have had their pay cut. But the government is still facing a big budget deficit.