Global May Day 2023
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We only have little information on this, but don’t want to ignore that also in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck workers organised with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) joined May Day rallies. After all IWW-WISERA as a whole decided to endore the call for Global May Day 2023. Here are the pictures:
In Belfast unions called on workers to join a May Day rally on Saturday, April 29th, already.
Members of the Industrial Workers of the World gathered at the antifascist monument on Writers Square before the main event got under way as part of an international solidarity action with the CNT Xixón Six echoing the call from our comrades fighting attacks on trade union activists in the Spanish State. […]full report: onebigunion.ie
This year again the IWW Ireland branch participated in Global May Day along with a growing number of revolutionary unions and grassroots organisations with the theme of this years week of action being – Unionise the Fight! Wobblies locally created a DIY banner with this years theme displayed and march with thousands of other trade union activists through the streets of Belfast to remember past battles won and those yet to come.
The Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Berlin joined the class-struggle bloc with several other organisations of the radical left at the main May Day rally in the city.
source: twitter.com (2)
Workers and students of the Federation of Syndicalist Organisations (FOB) arranged activities in different cities.
On May Day itself, comrades went to the Nestor Makhno Rural Occupation and facilitated a conversation circle with the topic on “The history of May 1st and the popular struggle today”. It is located in the rural area of Massapê (CE), near the Nossa Senhora de Fátima neighbourhood. The occupation is organised by the Popular Organisation Terra Liberta, which is linked with FOB, and is the result of grassroots work with the population that lives in rented accommodation and in areas of risk in the outskirts of Massapê.
On May 2nd the student organisation associated with the FOB called Class and Combative Student Network in Ceará (RECC-CE) hosted a discussion and workshop on artistic manifestations: pixação, stencil and lambe-lambe: 2pm at campus Benefica of the Federal University of Ceará.
On May 3rd RECC-CE facilitated to a public class on “Class struggle in practice, yesterday and today” at the public university UECE.
The FOB in the federal state Paraná (FOB-PR) organised a May Day rally in Londrina (little London).
The Autonomous General Union of Rio de Janeiro did a collective leafletting action nearby Central do Brasil.
They fight for:
- a general increase in wages
- reduction of working hours to 30 per week
- wage for domestic work
- demarcation of indigenous lands
- end of the “war on drugs”
- land and freedom
Comrades of FOB made these videos showing footages of their actions:
Together with other radical unions the National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) in Brest called to join the May Day rally in Brest. Around 35 000 people came together.
Workers organised with IWW Bristol joined the local May Day rally as part of a Union and Autonomous Workers Demonstration.
sources: instagram.com / twitter.com
Manche is a French département in Normandy. Man workers of the National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) in Manche joined the May Day rally in the city of Cherbourg together with many other labour unions.
A spokesperson for the IWW Union Cork read out the Global May Day Statement on behalf of the Industrial Workers of the World at yesterday’s annual May Day event in Cork. A number of unions, political and community groups were also represented at the event.source: facebook.com
The Garment Workers’ Trade Union Center (GWTUC) called for a central rally in Dhaka as well as smaller decentralised actions in the industrial zones. Main topic was the ongoing struggle for a minimum wage of 250 000 BDT in the garment industry in Bangladesh. The GWTUC is calling for international support.
Around 500 people came together for the anarchist May Day rally organised by the Anarchist Network Dresden (AND), Schwarze Katze (black cat) Dresden as well as the anarcho-syndicalist FAU Dresden – all of which supporting the call for Global May Day 2023. Unfortunately riot cops decided to detain a few people for covering their faces towards the end of the rally.
source: twitter.com (2)
The IWW Union Dublin today marked International Worker’s Day in the city centre by with hundreds of workers from the trade union movement. Prior to today’s annual March and Rally we held a union info stall which was greatly appreciated by many in attendance.source: twitter.com
The FAU Duisburg/Ruhrgebiet joined the May Day rally in Hamborn.
No further details are known.
Members of FCAS acted in solidarity with unions and federations across the globe. We are small and still getting on our feet, but we stand united with our international comrades!source: twitter.com
#1World1Struggle #globalmayday2023 #unionizethefight
The action took place in: Everett Washington, a town north of Seattle.
The FAU Frankfurt/M joined the anti-authoritarian and revolutionary block of the main May Day rally in the morning as well as the strike-back bloc of the revolutionary rally in the evening. On the banner it says “overcoming capitalism!”.
No further details are known at this point.
The FAU Freiburg joined the social-revolutionary bloc at the traditional May Day rally in town. On a banner they expressed support for the ongoing social struggle in France.
In the afternoon they also participated in a self-organised street festival.
The anarcho-syndicalist FAU Halle organised an info stall on the market place.
Members of the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) and Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Hamburg participated in two rallies:
1. “Wer hat der gibt” (Who has gives), 1 pm, Eppendorfer Baum.
2. black-red May Day, 4 pm, Hagenbecks Tierpark (zoo)
At the start of the demonstration at 1 pm the mood was good, the sun was shining and speeches demanded a distribution of wealth from top to bottom, as well as a continuation of the Germany-wide 9-Euro ticket for public transportation.
FAU and IWW carried international labor struggles into the public with leaflets and banners. The Garment Workers’ Trade Union Center (GWTUC) in Bangladesh is currently fighting for a minimum wage of 25 000 BDT (approx. 215 Euro) for textile workers and we want to help to globalise the fight. Through the international supply chains, we here in Europe are also responsible for the working conditions of the garment workers who sew the clothes that we buy here cheaply at H&M, Zara and Co. The GWTUC released a call for international support.
The demo with around 3000 people led through a noble district at the northern end towards the city center. The route was suppose to reach Dammtor, but the demo was stopped about 1 km ahead by cops, because some participants wore masks and that was considered as mummery. Since we wanted to join the second rally in time, we left after waiting for more than 30 minutes.
The black-red May Day rally at Hagenbeck’s zoo has thematized the history of the zoo at the opening of the rally: Even up into the 1950s, people from Africa were exhibited here as “savages” and – according to the speech – also sold for experimental purposes.
Here, too, we from FAU and IWW took the ongoing labor struggle in Bangladesh to the streets.
However, the demo did not get far. Directly at the first turn, the cops stopped the around 1000 participants: Again, masks, or mummery were the argument. After some negotiation the anarchists removed the banners in question as well as their sun glasses, but that wasn’t enough for the cops. In the end the rally was broken up after 2.5 hours of waiting. Without warning riot cops suddenly attacked the rally with battons and kettled a bigger part of it. Several people were injured. Only the entrance to the subway remained open, which is why we ended the action and left.
Hundreds of riot cops were present, incl. water cannons, horses, dogs, a helicopter and at least one sweeping tank – as if civil war is about to break out. In the end several protesters were injured due to state violence. One person was pushed by cops that his head hit the floor and was severely injured. He is currently still in hospital. We wish him good recovery!
Fortunately none of us were victim of physical police violence. As far as we know no arrests were made.
Statement by the regional Black-Red May Day alliance on the developments at the anarchist rally (in German): sr1m.blackblogs.com
Media report (in German): taz.de
The FAU Hanover formed the syndicalist bloc at the main May Day rally of the city. Additionally a video in support of the CNT Xixón Six was published (Spanish/German).
Antifascists were out on the @LondonIWW bloc at May Day yesterday. The day was great with radical friends in IWW, @HackneyAnarchists and @TransActionBloc leading strong chants all the way, building energy towards future demonstrations.
The National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) of the Département Moselle mobilised to Metz to unite in a red and black rally.
The FAU Münster joined the class-struggle bloc of the main May Day rally in the city and participated in the revolutionary community festival in the afternoon.
They used this opportunity to also express support for the CNT Xixón Six, who are struggling against repression because of their union activities.
The Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) decided to support the call for Global May Day 2023 and arranged various activities in different parts of the country. For security reasons no particular locations are mentioned. Recently FGWM also shared some news from the ground with the Global May Day network. It comprises of 40 (factory) unions and currently uses the theme “Towards a living wage, decent working conditions and a federal democratic union!”.
For May Day this year the FGWM made these t-shirts:
The main event took place at a safe house, where currently most of the FGWM secretaries seek refuge from the military junta. At that house they arranged an online event together with some of their international partners and took group pictures in front of a banner created especially for that day:
In the countryside some workers expressed support for the struggle for “a living wage – decent working conditions – towards a federal democracy”:
Also in (garment) factories some workers joined the day of action to support the struggle by holding signs saying “living wage! decent working conditions! towards a federal democracy!”:
The IWW Cyprus co-organised a May Day rally in the capital city Nicosia together with other local groups and organisations, which was joined by around 150 people. On a big black banner they expressed their support for a recent strike at Anytime of the Interamerican insurance company. All strikers, some of which are IWW members, were fired. Something that was unprecedented in Cyprus.
The march started in the south side of the Geen Line (the “border” dividing Cyprus in two), and finished as a bi-communal demonstration organised by major trade unions from both sides of the island.
Tyska torget is the place where Norrköping’s local SAC Syndikalisterna union starts its May Day march every year. Red, black and rainbow coloured flags flew over Norrköping’s main street, Drottninggatan, creating a spirit of struggle with slogans such as “we are hungry – eat the rich”, “we are many – strike more” and “no talk, attack, we need a fighting union”. The march ended at Norrköping Art Museum. Sebastian Karlsson gave a hopeful speech; the commuter train drivers’ strike inspires and will get more workers to put their foot down!source: syndikalisten.sac.se
The National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) in Paris called for the libertarian May Day rally, which kicked off at Place des Fêtes and united with the main May Day rally with many other unions afterwards.
On a banner the CNT-F expressed its solidarity with the ongoing struggle of the 6 CNT Xixón unionists.
The Stockholm Building Syndicate, were at the forefront of the Stockholm May Day march also organised by SAC Syndikalisterna. They shouted a number of slogans in Russian, including:
The work…is done. | The wage…not paid. | Swindlers…be afraid! Be afraid! We’ll find you!
Watch the film where they shout the slogans in Sergels torg!
The FAU Stuttgart was also on the streets on May Day. For many years, they have been advocating for a reduction of working hours for all and therefore displayed banners calling for a 30-hour working week. The union members met in Stuttgart in the morning to travel together to Tübingen. There they supported their colleagues at the demo and with an information booth from 10am onwards. A consistently loud block with two clearly visible banners and FAU flags attracted a lot of attention. At 1pm the group went back together to be at the beginning of the street party of the Gasparitsch district centre in Stuttgart East. In a very well attended short lecture FAU Stuttgart presented the union with practical examples. Afterwards, at shortly before 5 pm, comrades went for a short, fast but also loud and visible rally to Ostendplatz. There, a colleague gave a speech and got several approving applause, also when he declared at the end of his speech: “Because they can break a finger, but five fingers are a fist!” and called on those present to join the union.
As part of the local May Day alliance the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Trier rallied in the streets for a good life for all. Among others they struggle for a reduction in working hours: 4 hours per day!source: twitter.com
The rally was followed by a street festival with food and music performances.
The local section of SAC Syndikalisterna marched together with the Syndicalist Youth Union, Queer Aid, Queers against Facism, the Rojava Committees, No one is Illegal Uppsala, All for All Uppsala, Uppsalas Antifacistiska Front and Clarté Uppsala.
Over 200 people participated. Ninïan Sassarinis-McGowan, from the May Day planning committee reports:
When we got to the first part of the Fyrisån river, the Social Democrats’ train was on the other side of the river and we had the opportunity to drown them out with the slogans “No fucking sossetjafs – working class against upper class”. Once at the forum square, I spoke on behalf of Uppsala LS, a person from Queer Aid, a representative from the Roja committees and one from Allt åt Alla (All for All).source: syndikalisten.sac.se
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The Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Aschaffenburg calls to join the anti-capitalist block of the traditional May Day rally in the city. 9:30 am at Linde-Werk 1 | Call to action in German: melderab.wordpress.com
On Saturday, April 29th, the IWW in Belfast will hold a solidarity action at the antifascist monument in solidarity with the 6 CNT Xixón unionists and join the May Day rally together with other unions afterwards.
The Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Berlin calls to join the class struggle block at the main May Day rally at 10 am, Platz der Vereinten Nationen.
Call in German: klassenkampf.noblogs.org
The FAU Bielefeld organises an info booth: 11am at Ravensberger Park.
Together with other radical unions the National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) in Brest in calling to join a May Day rally: 10h30 Place de la Liberté.
We invite you to join us for a demonstration on 1st May 2023 to celebrate international workers day and the historic struggles and gains made by workers and the labour movement. 1st May 12pm at St Peters Church, Castle Park, Bristol.IWW Bristol on twitter.com
The Federation of Syndicalist Organisations Brasil (FOB) is planing various activities as part of the Global May Day 2023 week of action:
On May Day itself, comrades will go to the Nestor Makhno Rural Occupation and facilitate a conversation circle with the topic on “The history of May 1st and the popular struggle today”.
In the early hours of April 15th, 2023, thirty working families occupied land that had been abandoned for more than 30 years in the rural area of Massapê (CE), near the Nossa Senhora de Fátima neighbourhood. The occupation is organised by the Popular Organisation Terra Liberta, which is linked with FOB, and is the result of grassroots work with the population that lives in rented accommodation and in areas of risk in the outskirts of Massapê. The occupation claims land for these families to live and work in dignity.
More info in Portugese: terraliberta.lutafob.org
On May 2nd FOB Ceará will attend a public hearing against wind farms on the high seas: 2pm UNIPACE auditorium.
On May 2nd the student organisation associated with the FOB called Class and Combative Student Network in Ceará (RECC-CE) will host a discussion round and workshop on artistic manifestations: pixação, stencil and lambe-lambe: 2pm at UFC Benfica, CH3 Square.
On May 3rd RECC-CE invites to a public class on “Class struggle in practice, yesterday and today”: 1:30pm at the public university UECE | CH, room 09
On May 3rd FOB-CE organises a round of discussion “The history of May 1st and the struggle of the working class today”: 6pm at the public university UFC Benfica, FACED auditorium
“Cork IWW members will be attending this years May Day event organised by the Independent Workers Union on May Day.” – twitter.com
The Garment Workers’ Trade Union Center (GWTUC) calls for May Day rallies in the industrial areas of Dhaka. Focal point will be the struggle for an increase of the minimum wage from currently 8 000 BDT to 25 000 BDT for all garment workers across Bangladesh!
The GWTUC is calling for international solidarity.
Central rally in Dhaka: 10am, Paltan Square
The FAU Duisburg will join the May Day rally in the town of Hamborn at 11am, followed by events at the social center Syntopia with several info booths and presentations.
for more info: duisburg.fau.org
The Anarchist Network Dresden organises together with the Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Dresden and the anarchist group Schwarze Katze (black cat) Dresden their own May Day rally.
Call for the rally: Deutsch – English
IWW Dublin informs:
“On Monday May 1st we will be attending the annual May Day March and Rally in Dublin. You are welcome to join with us in solidarity as we celebrate International workers day 2023. #unionisethefight #Globalmayday http://www.globalmayday.net” – facebook.com
The FAU Freiburg calls on grassroot and libertarian groups to form an own block at the traditional May Day rally in town: Stühlinger Kirchplatz at 10:30am. Afterwards, at 2:30pm, they will participate in a self-organised street festival.
Details in German and English: freiburg.fau.org
The FAU Frankfurt a.M. calls to join the anti-authoritarian and revolutionary block of the main May Day rally in the city at 10:30am, Hauptwache. Call in German: frankfurt.fau.org
The Central Organisation of the Workers of Sweden (SAC Syndikalisterna) in Göteborg together with Allt åt Alla Göteborg are organising a joint May Day event. Gathering at Masthuggstorget at 12:30pm with departure to Bältesspännarparken at 1:00pm. Once in Bältesspännarparken there will be speeches and entertainment.
Those who wish can also come to Masthuggstorget as early as 11:00am. The Friends of the Swedish-Spanish Volunteers are organising a memorial event for those who went down to fight against fascism in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39.
The FAU Göttingen is part of an alliance calling for an anarchist rally in the city – starting 10:15am at Allerstr. 29a (in front of Nahkauf Onal):
The anarchist alliance Schwarz-Roter 1.Mai (Black-Red May Day) calls for a rally starting at 4pm, Hagenbecks Tierpark.
Theme: Das System ist die Krise – Anarchismus in die Offensive (The system is the crisis – Anarchism into the offensive)
Call for the rally: Deutsch – English – Español – Kurmanci
Among others the anarchosyndicalist Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Hamburg as well as the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Hamburg will join the rally to express their support for the labour struggle of garment workers in Bangladesh.
The FAU Hanover calls to join their syndicalist block at the main May Day rally of the city.
Meeting at 9:30am at the FAU venue in Nieschlagstraße 1b.
More details at as.hannover.fau.org
The IWW in calls to join rallies in various cities across Ireland.
Below you will find the Direct Action #32 featuring Global May Day 2023 made by IWW Ireland.
Isère is a département in the southeast of France belonging to the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.The National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) in Isère mobilise to May Day rallies in three cities.
Grenoble: 10h Alsace-Lorraine
Bourgoin-Jailleu: 10h place Saint-Michel
Vienne: 10h Champ de Mars (Gare routière)
The IWW London together with Hackney Anarchists! and other groups call to join the ‘autonomous bloc’ on the May Day rally in London.
Kick-off: 12:00pm at Clerkenwell Green EC1R ODU
The Federation of Syndicalist Organisations Brasil in the federal state Paraná (FOB-PR) calls for a May Day rally in Londrina (little London):
The newly formed FAU section in Lübeck is calling to form a black-red block at the main May Day rally in town based on the call for Global May Day 2023: luebeck.fau.org
Meeting point: 11am, MuK Parkplatz
Revolutionary May Day in Malmö starts at 3:00pm on Möllevångstorget.
Before that, Amalthea bokkafé is organising an event in Jesusparken between 12 and 2:30pm.
Books, coffee, cake and live music are promised.
Before that, Malmö LS of SAC Syndikalisterna invites to breakfast at Davidshallsgatan 4 before the revolutionary May Day train. Start at 10:00 am.
Manche is a French département in Normandy. The National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) in Manche will join rallies in Avranches, Cherbourg, Carentan, Coutances, Granville and Saint-Lô together with many other labour unions.
The FAU Marburg-Gießen-Wetzlar will host events at the social center Trauma with movie screening and presentations starting at 2pm: mgw.fau.org
The National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) of the Département Moselle mobilise to Metz to unite in a red and black rally at 10:30am.
With the theme “We only get what we fight for” the FAU Munich together with the local IWW call for a rally at 11:30am at the Goetheplatz.
The FAU Münster calls to join the class-struggle bloc of the main May Day rally in the city and will participate the revolutionary community festival in the afternoon.
The rally is scheduled to start at 11am, Hafenplatz.
The community festival will kick off at 3pm, Sternbuschpark.
More than two years after the military coup the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) keeps struggling against exploitation – especially within garment factories – and against the military dictatorship under very dangerous conditions.Recently they shared a news update. This year FGWM joins the call for a Global May Day once again. Decentralised flashmob actions as well as labour celebrating activities can be expected. The below t-shirts were printed.
Norrköping’s LS (SAC Syndikalisterna) is organising a syndicalist May Day, starting with breakfast at the union hall at 10:00am. The rally departs from Tyska torget at 12 noon and ends at Norrköping Art Museum with speeches and songs.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Cyprus are calling for a May Day rally in the capital city Nicosia.
They co-organise a protest and a march on May 1st with a number of other local groups and organisations. The march will take place in the capital, Nicosia, in the south side of the Green Line (the “border” dividing Cyprus in two), and will end at a bi-communal demonstration organised by major trade unions from both sides of the island.
The National Confederation of Labour (CNT-F) in Paris calls for the libertarian May Day rally at 11am (Place des Fêtes) and will join the main May Day rally at 2pm with many other unions afterwards.
Rio de Janeiro
The Autonomous General Union of Rio de Janeiro calls for a collective leafletting action: 9am, Central do Brasil.
They fight for:
- a general increase in wages
- reduction of working hours to 30 per week
- wage for domestic work
- demarcation of indigenous lands
- end of the “war on drugs”
- land and freedom
Comrades of the FAU will do an info table in Schwerin on May Day: 10:30am at the Marktplatz
The FAU Siegen joins the call for the Red May Day. Start: 12:30pm, Siegerlandhalle.
The day starts at 09:30am at La Mano to remember the Spanish volunteers who fought against fascism and for socialism during the Spanish Civil War.
At 11:30am the Syndicalist May Day rally begins with a speech at Sergels torg. The train departs at 12 noon for Stortorget.
From 5:00pm there will be a party at Cyklopen.
The FAU Stuttgart calls to join the May Day rally in nearby Tübingen followed by a street festival in the social center of the district Gasparitsch, in the east of Stuttgart.
Rally in Tübingen: 10:30am at Europaplatz
Street festival at Gasparitsch: 2pm
An alliance in the city of Trier calls for the May Day rally on April 30th. It will be followed by a street festival. The FAU Trier ist part of that alliance.
Rally: 1:30pm (April 30th!) at Hauptmarkt
Street festival: 2:30pm (April 30th!) at Orli-Torgau-Platz (Hornstr. 7)
In Umeå, Umeå LS (SAC Syndikalisterna) together with Bokkafe Angbett is organising “Frihetligt Första Maj” for the second year.
The day starts at 10:00am with a breakfast hangout at Ålidhem. At 12:30pm there is a gathering in Vänortsparken with coffee, speeches and music before the rally starts at 1:30pm. The procession ends at Hamnmagasinet at 2:00pm with a public kitchen, music, quiz and public education.
In Uppsala, an anti-fascist May Day is organised by Uppsala LS (SAC Syndikalisterna), Allt åt Alla Uppsala, Ingen människa är illegal, Rojavakommittéerna, Uppsalas antifascistiska front, Queer Aid and Queers against Fascism.
Gathering with coffee and music from 1:30pm at Carolina Rediviva. March to the city centre at 2:30pm. The march will end with a speech.
The Free Workers’ Union (FAU) Bergisch Land calls to join the Autonomous May Day rally “For the social revolution!” in Wuppertal.
2:00pm: Street festival in front of the autonomous center (AZ Wuppertal) currently struggling for its survival
4:00pm: Rally to Schusterplatz