Pinoys celebrate Labor Day in Brussels

by Raquel Bernal-Crisostomo, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at May 02 2012 11:01 AM | Updated as of May 02 2012 07:01 PM

BRUSSELS – The Labor Day celebration in Brussels was festive, an exact opposite to the clashes between police and protesters that usually happen during May 1.

Thousands of workers and members of different trade and labor unions across the country trooped to Place de Roupe in Brussels to join the celebration.

Good weather made the event a truly memorable one.

A parade and a concert highlighted the festivities. Tents were installed for each group and many sold food, shirts and accessories, while some joined in the street dancing.

Even Pinoys took part in the occasion.

Roger Fabian, founder of the Samahan ng mga Manggagawang Pinoy sa Belgium, stressed that it is vital for different organizations to continue fighting for the rights of the workers.

“Ito ang layunin ngayon ng samahan, ang makipag-isa sa mga manggagawa dito sa Belgium para ipaglaban ang mga karapatan ng mga manggagawa domestic man o mga nagtatrabaho sa embahada,” he said.

On the other hand, organizers of the event deemed it necessary to demand equal rights for female workers.

“First, we want to tell the people who are coming here that we are against the measures, politics that they are taking to fight against the crisis because we think these measures are against the equality of women and men,” said Vroni Lemeire.