1st May – International Workers’ Day
Struggle – Solidarity – Socialism
May Day is an annual celebration of workers’ struggle against capitalism.
It’s origins lie in the general strike for an eight-hour working day put down by police gunfire in Chicago in 1886, and the foundation of the Second International, which brought together revolutionary socialists around the world in 1889. Its history shows the power of the working class to transform society, and the need to overturn the capitalist state.
The Socialist Party’s links with the organised working class – the agent of socialist change – are fundamental to our work. Each year, we ask groups of workers, trade unionists and socialists to support the Socialist newspaper and its ideas by sending and financing the publication of a May Day greeting. There has been a fantastic response to this year’s campaign. Pledges totalling over £8,000 have been received, to cover 79 greetings across 12 pages.
Scott Jones, May Day greetings organiser