May Day Rallies: Trade Unionists And Anti-Capitalists To March In London

The Huffington Post UK  |  Posted: 1/05/2012 10:03 Updated: 1/05/2012 10:07

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Indonesian protestors mark May Day with a march for workers' rights

Trade unionists, anti-capitalists and public sector cuts protesters are set to stage a series of rallies across the UK to mark May Day.

Leaders of trade unions will address a rally in London's Trafalgar Square against a backdrop of disputes in the public sector over jobs, pay and pensions.

"Attacks on the NHS, education, pensions, the civil service, local government, jobs both public and private sector, the disabled and women mean we have to fight back and say there is a different way forward," one of the organisers said.

Tens of thousands of civil servants, lecturers, health workers, Ministry of Defence staff and Royal Fleet Auxiliary employees are also taking industrial action on 10 May in a bitter dispute over the government's controversial public sector reforms.

In Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, TUC marches have been planned for Tuesday and the weekend, as well as 'March for the Alternative' events.

The Occupy movement, behind the Occupy LSX camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, are planning to 'Occupy the Tube' on May Day but details behind the protest have yet to be revealed.

Anti-tax avoidance protesters are also planning to target Tube stations as part of their demonstration plans.

Tuesday also marks 'National CC All Your Emails To Theresa May Day', which encourages anti-snooping law protesters to flood the Home Office's inbox with emails in response to plans to monitor the country's internet use.

May Day has been celebrated in London since the 1880s and the event in the capital will be supported by a wide variety of groups representing workers, students, pensioners and politicians.

Campaigners continue to call for May 1 to be a public holiday.

See the slideshow below for pictures of what's been happening across the world this May Day...

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  • May Day, Wiltshire, UK

    In Avebury, Wiltshire, pagans come together at the town's stone circles to mark the passing of spring.

  • May Day, Wiltshire, UK

    In Avebury, Wiltshire, pagans come together at the town's stone circles to mark the passing of spring.

  • May Day, Oxford, UK

    At Oxford's Magdalen College, students and residents brave the rain to celebrate May Day.

  • May Day, Paris, France

    On the day where Paris celebrates the 15th Century martyr Joan of Arc, far right leader Marine Le Pen, with her father Jean-Marie, meets supporters ahead of the French elections.

  • May Day, Russia

    In Russia, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and president-elect Vladimir Putin joined a trade union rally in the capital, Moscow.

  • May Day, Germany

    In Germany, far-right neo-Nazi groups staged a demonstration, which was countered by an anti-Nazi rally.

  • May Day, Germany

    In response to a neo-Nazi rally in Berlin, a counter-march led by anti-Nazi activists was restrained by police.

  • May Day, Nepal

    Maoist Communist trade union activists held a rally in the capital of Kathmandu.

  • May Day, Cambodia

    In Cambodia today, factory workers marched to demand increased minimum wage and better working conditions

  • May Day, Phillippines

    In Manila, the capital of the Phillippines, protestors took to the streets

  • May Day, Hong Kong

    Protests for worker rights and better employment conditions were held across the country.

  • May Day, Malaysia

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, also saw protests for the minimum wage to be introduced in the country.

  • May Day, India

    At a rally in India, sex workers united to protest for employment rights for their business in the country.

  • May Day, Portugal

    Lisbon, Portugal saw marches a week ago calling for workers to unite on May Day in both protest and celebration of the 1974 revolution in the country, which brought an end to dictatorship in the country.

  • May Day, Taiwan

    Taiwanese students protested for a halt in the price of the student tuition fees.

  • May Day, Taiwan

    Taiwan also saw protests from thousands of local and foreign workers uniting to demand higher wages and better treatment.

  • May Day, Seoul

    In Seoul, South Korea, protestors march over labour law in the country.

  • May Day, Greece

    <a href="!/MatinaStevis/status/197239835155640320" target="_hplink">In this picture, </a>Greek protestors in Athens march against continuing austerity cuts in the country.

  • May Day, North Korea

    In Pyongyang's Moran Hill, families flock to parks and plazas to enjoy picnics and time with their families on the national holiday.

  • May Day, China

    A public holiday in China, families gather to spend time together in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

  • May Day, Germany

    In Berlin, Germany, protestors light flares in the early hours of May Day, on Walpurgisnacht, or Witches Night, a 30 April celebration prior to the day of protest.

  • May Day, Germany

    Each year, Germany hosts the techno event Mayday. The concert, held on the 30 April, coincides with the Witches Night in the country.

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  • Zoo keeper Jo Shirley from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, with an orphaned baby wallaby that is being hand-reared by keepers. Picture date: Monday April 30, 2012. The orphaned baby wallaby is busy settling into her new home - which comes in the shape of a rucksack. Tiny Tilly is being hand-reared by keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo after she was found out of her mum's pouch a month ago. She is being looked after by keeper Jo Shirley who carries her around in a substitute pouch made from a rucksack wherever she goes - just as her real mum would do. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

  • London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone at the launch in south London of a poster supporting his campaign to be Mayor of London today. Picture date: Monday April 30 2012. The London mayoral election takes place on May 3. See PA story POLITICS Mayor. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

  • A seagull lands on a man's head at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, May 1, 2012.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Jeon Sang-Guen of South Korea competes in the Men's +105kg during day seven of the Asian Weighlifting Championships at Yichung Culture & Sports Center on April 30, 2012 in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

  • Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) argue on the touchline.

  • Women dressed as witches dance during the Walpurgis Night at the famous Hexentanzplatz (Witches' dance ground)' in the Harz mountains near Thale, northern Germany, Monday, April 30, 2012. Hundreds of costumed devils and witches meet to celebrate Walpurgis Night, a traditional religious holiday of pre-Christian origins. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

  • A torn safety net on One World Trade Center provides a window view of the Manhattan skyline, Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That's just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)

  • Palestinian protester, wearing a national flag mask, takes cover during clashes with Israeli troops outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 1, 2012, following a demonstration in support for prisoners held in Israeli jails. Clashes erupted between stone-throwing youths and the Israeli army, who fired tear gas, rubber bullets and a foul-smelling liquid known as 'skunk' to break up the demonstration. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Militants and labour union members gather around a burning the effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila on May 1, 2012 as part of the May Day protests demanding higher wages and policies that would make it harder to fire workers. Aquino has said he is trying to help labour but has warned that giving too many benefits will make the country less competitive, costing more jobs. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Swan glide through the flooded riverside walkways in the shadow of the cathedral in Worcester. (PA)