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Support urged for Derry’s May Day rally

Liam Gallagher, trade unionist, has called for support for this year's May Day rally in Derry.

Liam Gallagher, trade unionist, has called for support for this year's May Day rally in Derry.

  • by Ellen Barr
 

One of Derry’s leading trade unionists says it’s more important than ever that people come out in big numbers to support this year’s May Day rally.

The rally will start from the Guildhall this Saturday, May 3rd, at 1:30pm and those taking part will make their way around the city centre joined by a Dutch Band who are taking part in the city’s annual Jazz and Big Band Festival.

Speaking to the Journal, Liam Gallagher, secretary of the Derry Trades Council, said:

“It’s particularly important this year, when we look at the chronic levels of unemployment in the city, that people come together to make our politicians sit up and listen.

If we look at the origins of May Day from the Haymarket protests in Chicago in 1846 where workers who demanded a 48 hour week and holidays were murdered, it’s unbelieveable that so many years later workers in Derry have to work zero contract hours with absolutely no rights.

“That’s why, this year more than ever we believe people should come out and support the march. The main focus of this year’s march will be keeping the Housing Executive public and we’ll have housing executive workers with us, we’ll also have representatives from the Woodlands Speech and Language Unit and hopefully as many people as possible will come out and join us.”

 
 
 

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