The trade unions have reiterated their call for 1 May to be a public holiday. ...
The trade unions have reiterated their call for 1 May to be a public holiday.
GLATUC, the trade union body for London, said:
'We continue the demand, adopted by the whole trade union movement in the 1970s for May 1st to be a public holiday. The Labour government of the time imposed the divisive decision to make the nearest Monday a bank holiday. This created many difficulties and separated Britain from virtually every other European country that celebrates May Day. The anti-union laws of the Tories further pressured the movement and made participation in May Day difficult and we are having to re-build the understanding of the significance of May Day.'