Amy Sage, Bristol North Socialist Party
Bristol’s May Day celebration began with a march through the city centre, followed by a rally, including speeches from three Socialist Party members.
Dan Smart, chair of South Gloucestershire Unison union branch spoke about the crisis in social care, and the need for coordinated national strike action to fight for better pay and conditions. Suzanne Muna, speaking on behalf of housing workers in Unite union and the Social Housing Action Campaign (Shac), linked the struggle in the workplace to the struggle for decent, safe and affordable housing. Sheila Caffrey, Bristol Trades Union Council president, rounded off the speeches with a call to action: “If this society can’t afford to pay, house and feed us, then we can’t afford this society. Let’s work together so everyone has enough to survive and enjoy life, and to win all we need and deserve.”