May Day 2019 speeches (17-05-2019)
ALL THE MAY DAY MESSAGES FROM ACROSS THE WORLD (06-05-2019)
LMDOC received before, during and after the May Day March messages from organisations across the world including -
Athens; Belgrade; Berlin; Brussels; Cape Town; Caracas; Chicago; Copenhagen Dublin; Havana; Helsinki; Istanbul; Lahore; Lisbon; Madrid; Moscow; Oslo; Paris; Rio; Rome; San Francisco; Santiago; Sofia; Stockholm; Sydney; Toronto; Tunis; Warsaw
SERIOUS INCIDENT AT MAY DAY MARCH (03-05-2019)
At the May Day Rally our stewards became aware of a dispute between a group and 2 women with a feminist banner. The stewards intervened to stop any aggressive behaviour and protect anyone involved. We were made aware later of accusations that this argument had involved some of the group using racist and misogynistic language and seeking to grab the banner.
LMDOC issued the following –
The London May Day Organising Committee condemns totally any racist or misogynist language or attacks and such views are totally at odds with the spirit of May Day and are not accepted on the march. We have a very long and consistent history on each May Day in clearly expressing anti-racist policies and fighting for equality and human rights. We have made that position known widely.
LMDOC would welcome any information about those involved (as they had no identifying marks) so we could follow up.
SUCCESFUL MAY DAY IN CENTRAL LONDON (01-05-2019)
Today marked another successful May Day in London. Some 7000 people attended the March & Rally.
After assembling in Clerkenwell Green, where the crowd was addressed by the Venezuelan Ambassador from the steps of the Marx Memorial Library, the March moved off at 13.00 towards Trafalgar Square. Led out by the Big Red Band and the May Day banner, the mix of trade union, migrant worker, political organisation and community organisation banners made a colourful impact as the March moved through central London.
At Trafalgar Square the Rally was addressed by Rehana Azam the GMB National Secretary for Public Services; John McDonnell MP; Gik Der covering the Free Ocalan campaign; Noga a student climate crisis striker; Mick Cash RMT General Secretary; strikers from PCS InterServe dispute on their first day of strike action and from the long running PCS HMRC dispute in Ealing; Unmesh Desai for the new anti-racist organisation London United; Tim Dawson NUJ on the death of Lyra McKee. In the middle of the speeches two May Day songs were performed by an international group of musicians.
PCS STRIKERS JOIN MAY DAY (25-04-2019)
PCS strikers, employed by Interserve and working on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to speak at London May Day. These workers will be taking their first ever strike action on the 1 and 2 May over the company’s refusal to negotiate:
- On redundancies,
- Contractual changes to pay dates, and,
- Attacks on holiday pay and sick pay.
The strikers will join the London May Day procession from their picket line.
HOW TO GET TO CLERKENWELL GREEN (24-04-2019)
Assembling Clerkenwell Green EC1R 0DU
by junction of Farringdon Road & Clerkenwell Road Nearest tube Farringdon
Buses 55, 243, 63 NEARBY 19, 38, 341, 45, 46, 17
May Day at the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell Green (23-04-2019)
Celebrate International Workers Day with a visit to the Marx Memorial Library. We will be hosting free feature tours, special displays and speakers. There'll be stalls, second-hand books and tea and cake
We will be joined by Rocio del Valle Maneiro Gonzalez, Venezuela’s Ambassador to Britain. She will make an address from the steps of the MML at midday. This will be followed by a message of May Day solidarity with the people of Venezuela.