MAY DAY 2015 - "GREAT SUCCESS"
FRIDAY MAY 1ST
May Day was celebrated well in London. A big march and rally of some 5000 marked International Workers Day - still in Britain a working day - made sure the workers voice was heard. In good weather the march assembled at Clerkenwell Green with different organisations coming to the Green with banners, flags and music. It moved off at 13.00 making its colourful way to Trafalgar Square passing the Unite HQ on the way. It was led by the Big Red Band who played trade union and socialist songs all the way.
The Rally at Trafalgar Square grew as the march was joined by many waiting in the Square - including the strikers from the National Gallery.
A series of inspirational speakers addressed the crowd -
PAULNOWAK AGS TUC; MARY TURNER President GMB;MATT WRACK GS FBU; CANDY UDWIN PCS national gallery; JOHN HILARY War on Want; EYLem from GIK DER for migrant communities; STEVE HEDLEY AGS RMT; MARK SERWOTKA GS PCS; ONAY KASAB Unite for Bromley council strikers & HELEN DAVIES Unison for Barnet council strikers. It was particularly pleasing to have representatives of 3 groups of workers on satrike on May 1st. All was conducted on the platform by the Joint Chairs – Eve Turner GLATUC/Tony Lennon SERTUC.
A number of announcements were made including messages of solidarity from capital city trade union organisations across Europe and the world. The crowd also sent solidarity greetings to the Turkish workers who had been attacked by police as they tried to celebrate May Day in Istanbul.
Celebrate May Day
fight austerity – fight TTIP – fight racism
TRADE UNION RIGHTS * HUMAN RIGHTS * INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY
EXCITING MAY DAY CUP WON BY STOCKWELL UNITED
Sunday 26th April – the annual London May Day football competition came to an exciting conclusion. Stockwell United won the prestigious trophy beating Kayseri FC 5-0 in the final.
The two teams had won through the preliminary rounds and semi-finals to meet in a fast moving game. Stockwell had been the runners-up in 2014 and now took the top prize.
The London May Day Football Cup is called the Ernesto Leal Trophy in honour of the great Chilean trade unionists and communist who had been exiled to Britain after the Pinochet coup.
MAY DAY 7-A-SIDE FOOTBALL COMPETITION 2015
FREDERICK KNIGHT SPORTS GROUND
LONDON N17 0SL
MONEY STILL NEEDED
May Day needs donations to cover its costs - we need to raise £8500.
Help make sure that May Day can be celebrated in London - make our voices heard.
Donations can be sent
(cheques made out to London May Day Organising Committee or LMDOC) to LMDOC, Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD
or can be made directly to the account – LMDOC A/C 59070104 – Sort Code 08-02-28.
May Day at the Marx Memorial Library
The MML will open its doors to May Day tours; explore the building’s historic vaults; visit the room where Lenin worked in exile 1902-3 and have a peek at our displays including NUM plates and the original International Brigade British Battalion banner.
The MML and Morning Star will jointly present a slide show exhibition on May Day throughout history showcasing unique images and iconic front-covers spanning 85 years from the Daily Worker/ Morning Star archive held at the MML.
Doors open at 10am
37a Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 0DU