Join Red Youth and CPGB-ML comrades to mark International Workers’ Day, on Friday 1st May 11:30am at Clerkenwell Green, to celebrate our proud history of working-class resistance!
May 1st is a significant day for workers across the world. It is a time to celebrate the hard-won victories of workers of all countries in our on-going struggle against exploitation and oppression, and show our continuing dedication to education, organisation, and action.
The working class do not march in protest on May Day, although there is plenty to protest about. Rather, the working class marches to demonstrate the power we have, to seize control of our labour, to oust the parasitic ruling class, and to build a future free from poverty and exploitation.
The date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Riots in Chicago which occurred on May 4th, 1886. Workers were gathered to fight for an 8-hour work day, and to protest the murder of several of their comrades by police the previous day, when a bomb was thrown sparking chaos and causing the police to fire wildly into the crowds. In the following trial 7 men were sentenced to death, despite the court admitting they only had evidence against 1 of the 8 on trial.
The response by the ruling classes and their obedient servants, happy to commit any crime or atrocity to stay in power, only served to further galvanise the working-class movement, eventually leading to hard-won concessions such as the 8-hour work day, access to healthcare and education, and laws and regulations to protect some of the rights of workers.
However, these gains are not permanent, and must constantly be fought for as capitalism and imperialism seek to undermine any barriers that stand in the way of their ever-increasing profit from our labour. We must follow in the example of generations that have given their lives to build a better world, and arm ourselves with the tools and knowledge set out by Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin.
Join us then, on May 1st, to fly the flag stained with the blood of workers, to celebrate the victories of communism, and to show your fellow workers that there is an alternative!
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