This day is for all people. It isn’t just for workers lucky enough to have unions to represent them. It is for parents and carers whose work is often not seen as productive, for people forced into workfare schemes, for students whose only way to employment is unpaid internships, for those who can’t get their foot in the door of the workplace because of their nationality, gender, disabilities. It is for all of us and our right to earn a living for a decent life.
The numbers of people claiming unemployment benefits is rising, with unemployment at levels close to their highest for a generation (much as the Government likes to constantly move the goalpost in their favour to massage the figures). Many with a job are forced to comply with unacceptable conditions, due to not having realistic alternatives, and their work is not as valued as some. The income gap between the highest and lowest is growing more quickly in Britain than other economies over the past three decades.  Topping the inequalities off, we’ve seen average pay rises for FTSE 100 executives at 43%, with ‘top’ directors at 49%, all of whom can use their status to avoid tax.  It is time for these inequalities to stop.
This May Day, strike with your union if you have one. Call in sick, take a holiday, don’t show up. Join actions and marches in your city, bring your community together and talk about the issues in your area, make some noise. Remember, you are not alone and that together we can make a change.
Occupy London will be out in support of events on the day and is be planning some actions of our own:
Upcoming dates for your diary
Wednesday 25 April – May Planning Meeting by steps of St Paul’s
Friday 27 April – Occupy Games: Warming Up for May
Saturday 28 April – Capture The Flag … with Climate Justice Collective & Occupy London
Tuesday 1 May – Join Occupy London for May Day – a day for all
Thursday 3 May – The Big Six Energy Bash- MASS ACTION! (Climate Justice Collective event)
Saturday 5 May – Londoners Connect The Dots (Occupy London Energy, Equity and Environment Group)
Saturday 12 May – 12M / Meet the 1% / Global Spring
Tuesday 15 May – Drought of Democracy: Flood the British Bankers’ Association!
 Top earners draw away from lowest paid -