Nationwide, trade unions and thousands of demonstrators are demanding better working conditions on May 1st. Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears in Düsseldorf. Follow his speech live here.
Many prominent politicians are expected in North Rhine-Westphalia for Labor Day on May 1st. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) will come to a DGB event in Düsseldorf on Sunday afternoon. This time, the trade union is presenting May 1 nationwide under the motto “GeMAInsam Shaping the Future”. You can see Scholz’s speech above or here live on video.
A visit by the Chancellor to Düsseldorf City Hall, which was also planned for Sunday, was canceled. Mayor Stephan Keller was ill with Corona. He is now symptom-free again, so as not to take any unnecessary risks, but one refrains from meeting Scholz, according to Düsseldorf.
The DGB is planning almost 60 events in NRW. “In these times of far-reaching changes, the trade unions stand for solidarity with each other,” says the trade union appeal, referring to the enormous challenges of climate protection, digitization and globalization.
Employees need good qualifications for the challenges of the changing world of work. “We call for the renewal of the promise of security for a solidary welfare state with good pensions and comprehensive citizen and long-term care insurance. We reject social cuts to counter-finance the current crises.”
In addition to the DBG events, there are numerous other events in Berlin and Hamburg in particular – from motorcycle or bicycle parades to corona protests and above all actions by the left and left-wing radical scene. In Berlin, the police are paying particular attention to the “Revolutionary May Day” demonstration in the Neukölln district. Up to 20,000 participants are expected.
In the past few decades, left-wing autonomists have erupted in violence. The police are on duty in the capital throughout the weekend with 6,000 officers.