Friday, May 1, 2015

International Workers' Day News from Europe


  • Members of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) have overwhelmingly voted to down tools for a two-hour march to the Dail on May 1, which is both International Workers' Day and the start of a bank holiday weekend. It is been hinted that this could be just the beginning of a long campaign stretching into the summer months and beyond. Bodies representing retailers in the capital last night warned that the proposed day of industrial action on May 1 against the Government proposal could have a negative impact upon the city's businesses ahead of the busy bank holiday weekend. Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town, said recent research indicated that as many as "42pc of people" use the bus to reach the city centre to do shopping and spend an average of €63 each.


  • The Istanbul governor’s office controversially excludes Taksim Square from its list of places where it permits marches and demonstrations for May 1 celebrations, just weeks ahead of International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day in some places. The move is likely to be challenged by labor groups, who have repeatedly demanded that demonstrations be allowed in Taksim. The public square is the most prominent square in Istanbul, and one that is symbolically important for workers. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) had ruled that Taksim Square could not be closed to peaceful demonstrations.

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