KNOWN AS ‘MAY DAY’ BANK HOLIDAY
International Workers’ Day is a celebration of the international labour movement that occurs on May Day, May 1, a traditional spring holiday in much of Europe. May 1st is a national holiday in more than 80 countries, and celebrated unofficially in many other countries. In some countries the public holiday is officially Labour Day while in others the public holiday marks the traditional spring festival known as May Day. Other countries, such as the United States celebrate Labour Days on another date, usually with special significance to the labour movement in that country.
May Day activities (from 1978) are on the first Monday of the month. This Monday is a bank holiday, a day off school and work. In the United Kingdom in recent years, the anti-capitalist movement has organised a number of large protests in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Doncaster. In London, these have resulted in clashes with the police. In 2000, the clashes ended with a branch of McDonalds being smashed and a statue of Winston Churchill being given a grass Mohawk hairstyle. The Cenotaph was also defaced with graffiti. In the last few years, demonstrations have been more peaceful, with marches and gatherings, particularly in central London. The current Conservative-led coalition government in March 2011 announced plans to move the May Day bank holiday to October in order to lengthen the tourist season. A London rally on May Day is organised by the London May Day Organising Committee (LMDOC).
In Spain, the May 1 celebration was established after the death of Franco in 1975; before that, it had been celebrated during the Spanish Second Republic period (1931–1939), but it was banned afterwards by the Franco regime. The first time it was celebrated was in 1977, when the Communist Party of Spain was legalized. Since then, it has become an official holiday that has been traditionally used by trade unions and leftist parties for social and labour vindications. Commonly, pacific demonstrations and parades occur in major and minor cities.
We would like to invite you to come and join us! We are holding a WORKSHOP to help improve your skills and confidence when faced with the possibility of new employment! Or why not pop in and have a chat about anything that would help your prospects in the work place! See what our partners and companies that have used this program think about it!
Pop into to the office Thursday 1st May between 12-2pm to our workshop to gain knowledge, help and advice in relation to the working environment, we are here to help ! Click here to join the event!