Rick and I carried the banner, despite strong gusting wind, throughout the very well attended march & rally. Unfortunately we were unable to take photos as holding banner throughout! Saw and spoke with Pauline Buchanan, Dominic Byrne and Andrew Baisley.
Speakers included Kevin Courtney, Mark Serwotka, Jeremy Corbyn , John MacDonnell , Owen Jones, Vanessa Redgrave as well as Junior doctors.
Iain was at the back of the march and got a picture.
The well-attended NTA Officers meeting on Tuesday 19th 2016 called upon its members to join the NTA banner on the London 2016 MAY DAY march and rally.
Sunday 1st May 2016.
11h30 Assemble Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DU nearest tube – Farringdon
12h00. Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell will be speaking at Clerkenwell
13h00 March starts
14h20 Rally at Trafalgar Square
Frances O’Grady General Secretary TUC
Peter Kavanagh Regional Secretary UNITE
Christine Blower, General Secretary, NUT
A speaker from the Junior Doctor’s dispute
International & Migrant Workers Organisations
Joint Chairs – Eve Turner GLATUC & Tony Lennon SERTUC Celebrate May Day 2016 (Regional events)
Special Exhibition (in association with Morning Star): 1926 General Strike (90th anniversary); Miners’ struggle; Trade Union & labour movement solidarity; Progressive press reports; government and capitalist propaganda.
11h30 The Cuban Ambassador: Her Excellency, Teresita Vincente will present a portrait of Fidel Castro at in front of Marx House in Clerkenwell Green.
Short address by Rob Miller, Director, CSC.
Address by Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.
Guided tours running throughout the day:
Visitors can see:
The room and desk where Lenin worked in exile in London in 1902/3
Banners of the British & Irish Battalion of the 15th International Brigade volunteers in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39
Reports and artefacts from major industrial disputes, mineworkers’ and printers’ strikes of the 1980s.
Stalls in the Main Hall:
Buy second hand books
Enjoy tea and cake and much more …
Marx Memorial Library will be open from 10am until 4pm on Sunday 1 May, with the last tour starting at 3.20pm.
Marx Memorial Library & Workers’ School – 37a Clerkenwell Green – London EC1R 0DU
Other opening times:
Monday-Thursday 12 noon-4pm. Get in touch for room bookings and guided tours
It was a great March. Thanks to all NTA members who participated.
The NTA President, Amy Sharp, was present with another Lister member and other friends.
Special thanks to Vice-President Peg Probett and Membership Secretary Rick Probett who carried the NTA banner. They were assisted by Clive, another Newham member.
Amy reported that Owen Jones and John McDonnell were particularly inspiring at the demo.
Thanks to Clive, the choral director from Newham Music, for our featured pic (above).
Alongside the White Paper, in London we still face the threat of a massive cut to school funding. In keeping with the government’s general contempt for democracy, the consultation on the introduction of a national funding formula closes shortly after the end of the Easter break.
The more responses we have the harder it will be for the government to ignore the effect on London schools.
NUT Reps are asked to give 5 minutes of their time to completing the online consultation.