Croydon May Day March 2014 begins to assemble
Croydon Trade Union Congress’s annual May Day March
through the Town Centre this Sunday (3 May)
Assemble 12pm outside Marks & Spencer, North End, West Croydon
Progress to Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Rd for Rally
Phillipa Harvey, President, National Union of Teachers and local teacher
Clara Paillard, President PCS Culture Sector
Kevin O’Bren, Unison NHS Branch
Ian Ward, Communication Workers Union Executive
Andrew Fisher, Left Economic Advisory Panel
This year’s March and Rally provides an opportunity for all progressive citizens and their organisations to send a message to all the General Election candidates about the kind of policies they should be supporting if they are elected.
No to privatisation of the NHS
Defend Public Services
Reject TTIP (US/EC Trade Deal)
“My duties as a trade unionist do not clash with my duties as a citizen.
The object of good citizenship, I presume, should be the getting rid of
abuses, the elimination of the cause of physical and moral degradation,
and the establishing of those conditions which will operate most
beneficially to the body politic. Chief amongst the causes
that degrade are excessive hours of labour and insufficient wages.
It is the duty of the trade unionist to rectify these wrongs;
it is equally the duty of the citizen. To argue that
all such changes should come solely by trade-union effort,
as some politicians are doing, is to argue that the highest form
of citizenship are to be left unperformed by the citizen.”
– Tom Mann one of the architects of the organisation of the first May Day labour movement demonstration in London 125 years ago on 4 May 1890.
His argument remains valid today for everyone who wants to see improvements in pay and conditions in the work place, the end to workplace exploitation, low wages, and zero hours contracts.