ICTU annual May Parade: Saturday, 5 May, 12:00, UU Art College Square, Donegall Street.

4 May 2018

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Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is pleased to announce the details of its annual May Parade.

The annual parade to celebrate workers’ struggle around the world is being held on Saturday 5 May, departing at 12:00 from UU Art College Square, Donegall Street, parading around the centre of Belfast and returning to Donegall Street.

The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Better Work Better Lives’ – the trade union campaign for fair pay, for decent work and for essential investment, for an end to the ‘hostile atmosphere’ for those on benefits, and for those workers who chose to serve the public and their families. The trade unions are presently lobbying politicians and employers across the public and private sectors, and gaining their support for a new forum of social dialogue, where we can shape the laws that shape our working lives.

Participants in the parade are being asked to assemble at 11:30am at UU Art College Square College, where there will be short speeches by trade union leaders, Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union and Patricia McKeown (Unison), in her capacity as chair of the Trade Union Friends of Palestine. The event will be chaired by the incoming chairperson of the NI Committee of the ICTU, Gerry Murphy (INTO).

Prior to the speeches, at 10:30, Mr Wrack of the FBU will be marking its centenary by unveiling a plaque dedicated to local firefighters who died during the conflict.

For more details, download the poster from the Congress website: https://www.ictuni.org/publications/-may-day-2018/