London May Day was celebrated by thousands of trade unionists, members of migrant worker and international communities and students as they marched from Clerkenwell Green to Trafalgar Square in glorious weather. Led by the Big Red Band the colourful march saw the thousands marching in solidarity.
They included those involved in key union struggles at TFI Fridays (Unite), PictureHouse (BECTU), Dial-a-Ride (Unite –on strike on May Day) and, of course, RMT involved in so many epic battles particularly the 2 years plus at Southern Rail.
Banners & flags came fromunions ASLEF (including one from Salisbury Branch); TSSA, RMT, UNITE, BECTU, UNISON, PCS, CWU, POA, FBU plus SERTUC, GLATUC and the ITF.
SPEAKERS AT TRAFALGAR SQUARE - LATEST
SAM GURNEY SERTUC/LESE REGIONAL SECRETARY
ZITA HOLBOURNE PCS NATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT
SEAN McGOVERN UNITE/ TUC DISABLED WORKERS SEAT
KELLY ROGERS BECTU CINEMA STRIKE
MICK CASH RMT GENERAL SECRETARY
ZILAN KIZILATES DEMOKRATIK ALLIANCE
UNITE DIAL A RIDE – ON STRIKE MAY DAY
JOINT CHAIRS: EVE TURNER (GLATUC) TONY LENNON (SERTUC/LESE)
LONDON MAY DAY ORGANISING COMMITTEE
UNITE London & Eastern Region,
CWU London Region,
PCS London & South East Region,
FBU London & Southern Regions,
GMB London & Southern Regions,
UNISON Greater London Region,
GLPA & 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
This year's May Day pays tribute to MEHMET AKSOY. He was killed in Syria whilst filming with the Kurdish YPG. Mehmet, a leading figure in the Kurdish community, was a great supporter of London May Day and the working class struggle.
We honour his memory.
MAY DAY BANNER AT HEAD OF MARCH
MAY DAY 2018
CELEBRATING OUR VICTORIES & OUR STRUGGLES
CELEBRATING WITH WORKERS WORLDWIDE ON MAY 1st
SUPPORTING WORKERS FIGHTING FOR THEIR NEEDS
In this increasingly globalised capitalist economy we have to fight
* for what we have won so it is not stolen from us (like the NHS, universal education & pensions)
- and for what we need such as good public housing, proper safety at work & where we live and equality for all.
We have seen what unfettered private greed leads to with Grenfell and in the corridors of our hospitals.
We fight for a better world based on class justice.
We want an end to the society that pours massive riches on the top fatcats whilst cutting our pay & social benefits.
After Brexit we have to fight for our employment & social rights.
We also have to expose the continuing racist attitudes that have most recently been shown up by the treatment of the Windrush generation.
We will be welcoming workers from our many intenational communities and migrant worker organisations on May Day.
JOIN US ON MAY 1st