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Unions & civil society mark Labour Day with demands for better health & social security coverage, higher wages and protests against rollbacks in labour rights

"May Day: Clashes, arrests as demonstrations take place across the world", 1 May 2021

Protesters clashed with police after tens of thousands thronged the streets of the French capital, Paris, to mark May Day...

In Spain, marchers took to the streets in Madrid and Barcelona to call for government pensions and the protection of wages in a country that has seen 17% of jobs lost since the beginning of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, in London, protesters took to the streets to oppose the new police powers act that is being pushed by Boris Johnson's Conservative Party and will restrict the right to protest in the UK.

In Bosnia, coal miner Turni Kadric said he and his colleagues are “barely surviving" and protesters argued for European standards of work protection and wages.

Elsewhere, dozens of protesters were arrested in Istanbul as they tried to mark May 1 against a ban imposed by the government due to COVID-19 restrictions...

In Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, thousands voiced anger at a new jobs law that critics fear will reduce severance pay, lessen restrictions for foreign workers and increase outsourcing as the nation seeks to attract more investment.

Protesters in the capital of Jakarta laid mock graves on the street to symbolize hopelessness and marches were being held in some 200 cities.

In the Philippine capital of Manila, where a monthlong coronavirus lockdown has been extended by two weeks amid a surge in infections, police prevented hundreds of workers from demonstrating at a public plaza, protest leader Renato Reyes said.

But protesters did gather briefly at a busy Manila boulevard, demanding pandemic cash aid, wage subsidies and COVID-19 vaccines amid rising unemployment and hunger.

“Workers were largely left to fend for themselves while being locked down,” labor leader Josua Mata said.