MONDAY MAY 1
ASSEMBLE CLERKENWELL GREEN 12 NOON
MARCH TO TRAFALGAR SQUARE 13.00
FIGHTING AUSTERITY – FIGHTING CUTS
FIGHTING ANTI-TRADE UNION LAWS
CELEBRATING WORKING CLASS ACHIEVEMENT
MAY DAY 2017 ANOTHER SUCCESS
2017 May Day brought together thousands of trade unionists, migrant worker groups, pensioners & political organisations to celebrate International Workers Day. It culminated in the Rally in Trafalgar Square with speakers including John McDonnell MP, Kiri Tunks National Union of Teachers Vice President, Mark Serwotka Public & Commercial Services union General Secretary & Moison Ahmed young UNITE bus worker.
The day began with the March assembling in historic Clerkenwell Green in front of the Marx Memorial Library (MML). During the assembly MML announced their 1917 Russian Revolution exhibition. The March moved off at 13.00 led by the big London May Day banner (made by Chilean political refugees) and the Big Red Band.
The sections that followed covered trade union organisations, migrant worker & community organisations, political & campaigning organisations. Union banners came from UNITE, BECTU, ASLEF, RMT, GMB, UNISON, EQUITY, PCS, SERTUC and trades councils such as Islington, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Croydon & Ealing. Trades Council members from Barking, Dagenham & Havering; Cities of London & Westminster; Camden; Newham; Chelmsford and Barnet assisted as stewards. Our gallery of photos covers many of the different sections and banners. With so many different communities represented such as Brazilian, Chilean, Palestinian, Kashmiri, Bangladeshi, Turkish, Kurdish, Italian, Greek, Cypriot, Iranian, West Indian, Portuguese, Sri Lankan, Polish, Bulgarian & Tamil it represented one of the March themes – international solidarity – in reality.
The weather held good as the March made its colourful and musical way through central London to Trafalgar Square. Here the speakers made their clear campaigning and political points.
Joe Kearsey from UNITE hospitality workers fighting for better pay & conditions
Tom Taylor for the Arts Bloc of arts/culture & entertainment trade unionists introduced poe gRIM cHIPt.
Kiri Tunks NUT Vice President. Moisin Ahmed busworker from UNITE. British Alev Foundation President Irbil Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary. John McDonnell MP. Ben Lennon from BECTU Picture House cinema dispute. Finola Kelly from the Equalities & Human Rights Commission dispute. Finalising with Paul Cox of RMT covering the Southern rail dispute. You will be able to hear all the speeches with our link on this page.
All this was smoothly introduced by the Rally joint Chairs – Eve Turner of Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils & Tony Lennon of Southern & Eastern Region of the TUC.
The Rally ended at 15.30 having marked another buoyant May Day.
FOR PHOTOS GO TO GALLERY LINK TOP LEFT OF PAGE
LONDON MAY DAY ORGANISING COMMITTEE
LMDOC supported by
GLATUC, S&ERTUC, UNITE London & Eastern Region, CWU London Region, PCS London & South East Region, ASLEF, RMT, TSSA, NUT, MU London, FBU London & Southern Regions ,GMB London & Southern Regions, UNISON Greater London Region, Peoples Assembly, NPC, GLPA and other Pensioners’ organisations and organisations representing Turkish, Kurdish, Chilean, Colombian, Peruvian, Portuguese, West Indian, Sri Lankan, Cypriot, Tamil, Iraqi, Iranian, Irish, Nigerian migrant workers & communities plus many other trade union & community organisations
MAY DAY BANNER AT HEAD OF MARCH
TRAFALGAR SQUARE - JOHN McDONNELL ADDRESSES CROWD
MAY DAY APPEALS FOR DONATIONS
At the last meeting of the Committee before May Day held at the CWU London Region office on April 20, the Organiser re-issued the call for donations to cover the cost of the March & Rally. Generous support had been coming in from CWU, UNITE, ASLEF, NUT and Trades Councils there still needed to be a big push to cover the costs
This year on International Workers' Day, the Marx Memorial Library is welcoming visitors to take a look at our special Russian Revolution slide show exhibition as well as experiencing the feature tour of the Library and a chance to pick up a bargain at one of our stalls. Take a break for refreshments before or after joining the traditional May Day march which starts at Clerkenwell Green, right on our doorstep!
May 1 also sees the launch of ticket sales for the Russian Revolution Centenary Committee international event marking 100 years since the October Revolution at TUC Congress House on 4 November. They will be sold a reduced price of £7 for one day only.
In Britain the Russian Revolution had a profound and immediate impact by strengthening the anti-war movement. Strikes broke out in munitions factories and anti-war campaigners were arrested en masse.
The British labour movement, including the TUC, backed the extraordinary Hands Off Russia campaign in 1919 to defend the revolution and threatened a general strike if further aid was sent to the White Russians.
For more information contact: The Archivist and Library Manager: [email protected] telephone: 02072531485
MAY DAY 2017
May Day is the day to bring together all the important struggles going on over NHS, attacks on the disabled, on education, housing, against the anti-union laws, against racism, against threats to peace, against Government support for repressive regimes, the whole austerity agenda, attacks on civil liberties, the environment, the arts and so many other areas of our lives. They are all linked in the economic system dominated by multinationals leading to more money for the super rich and attacks on the lives of ordinary people, young and old, of all backgrounds. We need to bring them all together in one great fight. International Workers Day - celebrated across the world - means we stand with workers wherever they are fighting for the same things, against the same economic system.
MAY DAY 2016 MAKES IMPACT
May Day in London made a massive impact with over 14,000 joining the event in the sun. The event began on a high with Jeremy Corbyn and Frances O'Grady addressing the assembling crowd in Clerkenwell Green before it moved off to Trafalgar Square where another major line-up spoke along with a Turkish musician playing a May Day song. See PHOTOS in the Gallery.
The March led by the massive May Day banner, made by Chilean regugees in London aNd the Big Red Band grew as it headed towards Trafalgar Square where it joined an already large crowd.
FOR ALL OUR PHOTOS OF MAY DAY 2016 GO TO THE GALLERY
HEAR ALL THE SPEECHES AT THE BIG LONDON MARCH & RALLIES 2016
Hear Jeremy Corbyn & Frances O'Grady at Clerkenwell Green
All the speakers at Trafalgar Square