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MAY DAY marches and rallies took place across Britain on Saturday and more celebrations are planned for tomorrow’s bank holiday.
In Barnsley, South Yorkshire, more than 100 people paraded through the former mining town after hearing a speech from Barnsley East Labour MP Stephanie Peacock.
The march, led by the Unite union’s brass band, was followed by a rally at which Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union president Ian Hodson delivered a rousing statement of support for the McDonald’s strikers.
Workers at the US-owned fast-food chain are fighting for a £10-an-hour wage and an end to compulsory zero-hours contracts.
Former miner John Dunn condemned the undermining of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by rightwingers in the party.
Several hundred people took part in Leeds Trades Union Council’s May Day march and rally, which is one of Britain’s oldest, having started in 1890.
Saturday’s event had a “Tories Out!” theme.
Yorkshire and the Humber TUC chairwoman Joanne Thomas said: “I took part in the march for three main reasons: to help reach out to young people to fight for a future for them, to challenge low pay and job insecurity that many working-class people face and to encourage people to join a trade union so collectively we can campaign to change this situation.”
Huddersfield’s march and rally involved trade unionists, political activists, climate change activists and members of the Hands off Huddersfield Royal Infirmary campaign.
The rally celebrated Labour’s local election victory in gaining control of Kirklees Council, which covers Huddersfield.
Celebrations will continue today in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, where the town’s renowned trades club is staging a May Day street party from noon.
The event features live music and speakers, including McDonald’s striker Lauren McCourt.
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