PM, ministers highlight struggle to safeguard worker rights

In a message on his Twitter account marking Labor Day, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras highlighted the importance of efforts to protect workers rights while several of his ministers emphasized that Greece would stick to its so-called red lines in talks with international creditors.

“Our struggles to safeguard and broaden our rights, Democracy, a life of Dignity, will succeed,” Tsipras said in a message posted on Twitter.

Several of his ministers attended a Labor Day rally organized by labor unions in central Athens with many striking a defiant tone. Labor Minister Panos Skourletis said the government still intended to restore the minimum wage, adding “our red lines are deep red and immovable.”

Alternate Social Security Minister Dimitris Stratoulis said the government’s obligation was “to stand firm in our views and to persevere in defending, until the end, the interests of the people and the country.”

Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis said, “We will not sign an agreement which clashes with our program.” “The creditors must understand this,” he said. “The Greek people support the government so we can move forward, for a new progressive course.”

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