The International Workers Day celebrations were kicked off for May Day, where at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester, England, a variety of campaigns and Trade Unions gathered to celebrate Britain’s working people.
Among the array of stalls were Trade Unions representing Firefighters, Bakers, health professionals and teachers. Other stalls included campaigning bodies on issues relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Throughout the day, talks were held on subjects relating to the International Working Class movements, with lengthy debates on Latin America, the Middle East, the UK and European Union.
Outside of the talks, people conversed in the bar, debating at length the many political subjects, that were being encountered throughout the day.All debates were lively, inclusive and attracted audiences from a range of working, retired, voluntary and unemployed backgrounds.
The event was brought to a close with a rally, and a platform of speakers from Trade Unions representing teachers, medics, firefighters, along with NUM president Arthur Scargill, who shot to prominence in the early 1980’s for leading the Miners Strike, against the government of Margaret Thatcher.