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Moscow's Trade Unions March in May Day Labor Celebration

Moscow workers take part in a traditional procession dedicated to the day of international solidarity of workers on Red Square May 1

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In Moscow this morning the traditional labor procession on May Day witnessed over 140,000 participants crossing Red Square

<figcaption>Press service of the Mayor and Moscow Government E. Samarin</figcaption>
Press service of the Mayor and Moscow Government E. Samarin

According to the organizers, workers from the fields of energy, education, health, construction, housing and utilities joined students and other professions in celebration. The column of workers passed the Historical Museum, disbanded, then moved further down Tverskaya and Mokhovaya street towards the Moscow metro station.

Also involved in the procession, the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin took part in a show of solidarity with the trade unionists. Mr. Sobyanin also congratulated all Moscow residents, expressing confidence and good will over the May Day festivities. In an interview before the procession this morning, Sobyanin told residents:

"Despite the not so good weather and talk about a crisis, people in Moscow are in a good mood. Muscovites are generally hard-working, energetic people, and not accustomed to giving up in any crisis. This is how we will continue. I wish a happy holiday to you all.”

Moscow's Mayor takes time out to greet children (Press service of the Mayor and Moscow Government E. Samarin)
Moscow's Mayor takes time out to greet children (Press service of the Mayor and Moscow Government E. Samarin)

Sobyanin took part in the procession led by students, the President of the Federation of independent trade unions of Russia (FNPR) Mikhail Shmakov, the leader of the trade unions of Moscow Sergey Chernov, and his colleague from the suburbs Valentine Kabanova, and representatives of the state Duma.

Among the main demands of the demonstrators were: revising agreements on the minimum wage in the capital region. Slogans like "the price Increase is a doubling of wages and labour May, May, victory, and Peace. Work. May" rang out during the march. Rising prices have driven up the cost of living in the capital, particularly for the middle class governmental workers here.

At the forefront of the parade were winners of the professional contest "Moscow masters", along with famous athletes of Russia and the world. The parade was an apt May opening for a month-long array of anniversaries including the much anticipated 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War against the Axis.


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