Demonstrations in Iceland on Labor Day

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Demonstrations in Iceland on Labor Day

Crowds gathered in central Reykjavík yesterday on the occasion of May 1, the international Labor Day, to protest the tight situation of wage earners. A demonstration to encourage authorities to protect the environment also took place yesterday.

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Archive photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

In the Labor Day demonstration, which was held for the 90th time, people wanted to raise awareness of the issues most important to them, such as opposition to the European Union, the low salaries of their profession, rights of gay people in workplaces and remind politicians of their campaign promises, Morgunblaðið reports.

Ólafía Björk Rafnsdóttir, who chairs VR Trade Union, and Snorri Magnússon of the Police Federation of Iceland, addressed demonstrators.

Snorri warned that the next wage contract negotiations late this year might prove difficult, mentioning that some professions are preparing to strike, Fréttablaðið reports.

The ‘Green March’ was held for the first time this year. Its aim was to encourage parliamentarians to take care of the environment and remind them that the parliament does not have the authority to sacrifice nature for power plants.

Thousands of people participated in the two demonstrations.

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