Unions mark May Day with protest and parade

The Latvian Free Trade Union Federation held a meeting on Sunday, May 1, in the main Dome Square in central Riga, marking May Day or Labor Day with a call to unite in the face of government because "our national security is at stake," reported LSM's Latvian service.

Despite frequent talks with those in power, the voice of unions is not listened to, Peteris Krigeris, the top trades unionist in the country told a crowd of around 500 who gathered to listen to speeches and parade through the center of town .

Our national security at risk, because the state does not have a good education system, nor good health services and police are underpaid Krigeris said.

In a classic labor versus capital comparison he also pointed out that plenty money seems to be available to bail out failed banks and a variety of high-profile projects, whereas a decent wage for a decent day's work seems to be regarded as optional.

Large-scale emigration would continue until such problems were solved as people woulld continue to work aborad for higher wages, speakers said.

 

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