The London May Day Organising Committee, working with transport union RMT, have confirmed arrangements for a huge May Day event in London on May 1st to pay tribute to the lives and work of both Bob Crow and Tony Benn – sending out the clear message "Don't Mourn, Organise!".
The event, expected to attract thousands from all over the country, will march from Clerkenwell Green to Trafalgar Square where a range of speakers from across the trade union and labour movement, including TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady, will pay tribute to Bob and Tony alongside clips of film and pictures of the two towering figures which will be broadcast on a big screen.
The march will assemble at Clerkenwell Green at 12 noon and is expected to reach Trafalgar Square shortly after 2pm.
Tony Lennon, Chief Steward from the London May Day Organising Committee said:
"This year's London May Day presents a huge opportunity for the trade unions and the community to both pay tribute to the massive contribution made by Bob Crow and Tony Benn to the fight for workers' rights and to send out the clear message that the battle goes on.
"The traditional London May Day march has always been a celebration of international solidarity and the 2014 event will do just that in honour of Bob and Tony."
Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary, added:
"RMT branches and regions have been building for a massive turn out on May Day in London in memory of both Bob Crow and Tony Benn under the theme "Don't Mourn - Organise" - the immortal words of the union organiser Joe Hill.
"RMT is grateful for the work and support of the London May Day Organising Committee who have given us such a huge international platform at the heart of the capital city to honour Bob and Tony. We would encourage everyone who can make it to London on that day to join us out on the streets and in Trafalgar Square."
FRANCES O'GRADY JOINS MAY DAY PLATFORM
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady is joining the platform on this special May Day. She will speak on behalf of the whole trade union movement. The themes of May Day—trade union rights, human rights & international solidarity echo the policies of the TUC and the work of the two lost comrades.
For full list of speakers to date please look at the next page.