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The ADEDY union, which represents about half a million public sector workers, wants the left-led Syriza government to retract pay and pension cuts and tax increases which were part of three bailout programmes since 2010.
ADEDY and private sector union GSEE have brought people to the streets repeatedly since the crisis broke out in 2009.
"May 1st, day of memory, honour and struggle" was the call of private sector union GSEE, which along with public sector union ADEDY, is organising the protest.
IN.E./GSEE (Institute of Labour/General Confederation of Workers of Greece) ADEDY (Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council) (1999), The Greek economy and the employment, Annual Report, Reports No 1, Athens, August (in Greek).
They are leading our people to poverty and misery," said Tania Karayiannis from Adedy, the Greek public sector workers' union.
Police and anti-riot troops were out in force around parliament and government offices in Athens city centre, with water cannon at the ready to disperse the crowds in case of trouble arising from a demonstration called by the country's two main labour unions, the GSEE and ADEDY.
Police and anti-riot troops were out in force around parliament and government offices in Athens city centre, with water cannons at the ready in case of trouble arising from a demonstration called by the country's two main labour unions, the GSEE and ADEDY.
IN.E./GSEE (Institute of Labour/General Confederation of Workers of Greece) ADEDY (Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council) (1999), 'The Greek economy and the employment', Annual Report, Reports No 1, Athens, August (in Greek).
Greece: |General strike on 7 February to protest new austerity measures: According to the (semi-official) Greek press agency Ana, on 6 February the two main Greek trade union federations, Adedy for the public sector and GSEE for the private sector, called a 24-hour strike, on 7 February, to protest new austerity measures demanded by the EU and the International Monetary Fund - measures that the government is currently trying to finalise.
According to Athens News, the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), which represents the private sector, and the public sector ADEDY, have urged all working people to take part in a protest demonstration in Syntagma Square in central Athens.
"Our European friends must know that our prime minister will go to the European summit naked, because the promises he will make have no backing in his country," said Ilias Iliopoulos, secretary general of the Adedy civil servants' union.
The protests organised by the two main Greek unions, ADEDY and GSEE, came ahead of a general strike on October 19, which will also affect banks and shops.
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