Protest against planned changes to the Greek labor legislation in Syntagma Square

The rally against planned changes to the Greek labor legislation that the government plans to implement as part of the austerity reforms in the country, will take place in Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens, on Monday, local media reported.

According to Ekathimerini newspaper, the rally will kick off at 6 p.m. local time (15:00 GMT) outside the parliament building and is organized by the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME) trade union.

The participants of the demonstration will reportedly demand that the government restores collective wage bargaining laws and revokes salaries and pension cuts, raising the minimum wage. The Greek economy has been severely strained for several years due to the country’s multibillion-euro debt, accumulated after the 2008 world financial crisis.

Greece’s international creditors signed an agreement with Athens last summer, approving a third bailout package worth about 86 billion euros ($97.3 billion) in exchange for austerity reforms, including pension cuts and tax hikes. The country’s government led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pushed ahead with the reforms, and the prime minister has previously stated that he expects the country’s GDP to return to growth by 2017.

Source: kathimerini