International Workers’ Day: resounding struggles from Greece to Russia

“For more than twenty years have the wage workers of this country begged and prayed their masters, the factory lords, to reduce their burdens. It has been in vain.” – this proclamation could easily have come from a 1st of May rally in 2015, as it remains equally relevant today. But it dates back to the 4th of May, 1886, when August Spies, one of the key protagonists of the Haymarket affair in Chicago incited the rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour-day, which spiraled into a mass protest and inspired the International Workers’ movement. 130 years on, as the struggle continues, LeftEast spoke with those familiar with workers’ conditions and Union organization in Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Macedonia and Russia.

 Goran Lukic, Slovenia

Goran Lukic, Slovenia

Christos Tsadaris, Greece

Christos Tsadaris, Greece

Sylvia Koilakou, Greece

Sylvia Koilakou, Greece

Ivan Ovsiannikov, Russia

Ivan Ovsiannikov, Russia

Zdravko Saveski, Macedonia

Zdravko Saveski, Macedonia

 

Marko Grdesic, Croatia

Marko Grdesic, Croatia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmina Husanovic, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Jasmina Husanovic, Bosnia&Herzegovina

 

 

2 Responses to International Workers’ Day: resounding struggles from Greece to Russia

    • admin says:

      we have not forgotten romania, but noone from romania replied – if you want to reply to the questions you are welcome to do so, pls send us the replies to lefteasteditors /at/ gmail . com and we can post them next to the others. cheers

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