May Day 2018 – A Day to Rebuild our Unions

It is appropriate that we launch a new workers’ newsletter on May Day.

May Day came out of the fight for the 8-hour day in the USA.  In 1884 the Federation of Organised Trades and Labor Unions proclaimed that eight hours shall ‘constitute a legal day’s labor from and after Ist May 1886’. Hundreds of thousands of workers became involved, but a key incident came with the Haymarket massacre in Chicago when police fired into a crowd.

In 1889 the First Congress of the Second International called for international demonstrations on the 1890 anniversary of Haymarket. In London alone 300,000 workers turned up in Hyde Park. May Day was formally recognised at the Second Congress in 1891.

To Lenin May Day was a rallying point for “the irrepressible struggle for the political liberation of the Russian people,” for “the class development of the proletariat and its open struggle for Socialism.”

During the First World War, when protest was punishable by imprisonment and hard labour, there were May Day demonstrations for peace.  Karl Liebnecht denounced the war before 10,000 striking workers at the Potsdamer Platz on 1st May 1916 and In Britain there were huge strikes in Glasgow following the arrest of the Scottish socialist John MacLean for sedition in 1918.

May Day and Rebuilding Our Unions

May Day was made a bank holiday by the Labour government in 1978. Today workers across the world, still fighting for improvements to wages and conditions, continue to celebrate May Day, despite efforts by the authorities to turn it into just a public holiday.

May Day in the UK should be used as part of the effort to rebuild our unions and recruit workers in the fight against capitalism.

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Azov battalion surrender at the Azovstal steelworks; a symbolic defeat for Ukraine. US, UK & some EU governments still want to fight the war to the last Ukrainian; they continue warmongering and sending weaponry to Ukraine.
https://youtu.be/YSNhBbQtE5A

#Russia says it has no problem with #Sweden or #Finland, hence no problem with it joining #NATO. It will however monitor its deployment of troops and weaponry, and take action appropriate to the threats.
As in Britain it's up to the people to say #No2NATO.
https://youtu.be/doz4lfzAKNY

Protests outside the offices of the #NewYorkTimes against coverage of the murder of #ShireenAbuAqleh, by Israelis military, #IDF. The #BBC also reported "violence breaks out at funeral", even though video clearly shows Israelis police attacked mourners.
https://youtu.be/HEGelLR_Vqs

In a statement to MPs in late April Ben Wallace Secretary of State for Defence said "gifts of weapons by Britain could eventually total £500m" to Ukraine, as he gloried in the reported of the deaths of 15,000 Russian soldiers. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/apr/25/uk-military-aid-to-ukraine-could-rise-to-500m-mps-told#:~:text=In%20a%20statement%20to%20MPs%2C%20Ben%20Wallace%20said%20gifts%20of%20weapons%20by%20Britain%20could%20eventually%20total%20%C2%A3500m%2C%20and%20he%20said%2015%2C000%20Russian%20soldiers%20had%20died%20since%20the%20invasion%20began%20on%2024%20February.&text=%E2%80%9CWe%20have%20gifted%20in%20aid%20%C2%A3200m%20which%20we%20propose%20will%20grow%20to%20%C2%A3500m%20to%20Ukraine%2C%E2%80%9D%20Wallace%20told%20the%20House%20of%20Commons.

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