May Day is international workers’ day. The campaign to start a new law centre in Greater Manchester was supported by the trade union movement. We work to support and promote strong union organisation, for people to demand and enforce their rights.
“We know that it is only through collective action that we can achieve real change” – GMLC Manifesto
On Saturday 4th May, we joined the May Day Parade in Salford.
We were proud to March alongside residents and supporters of a homeless shelter in Eccles. In April, the shelter lost their appeal against the possession order made by Manchester County Court on the 31st January 2019. As a result, the shelter, set up by homeless people and local homeless campaigners in an empty doctors surgery in Eccles, now faces eviction.
We have been providing free legal representation for the homeless occupants. Their work is an example of self-help and solidarity empowering homeless people. We will continue to support the shelter, as campaigners and as their legal representatives.
On Saturday 4th May, there was a March from the shelter to Bexley Square, Salford, and one of the residents spoke at the rally about his fight for justice, support and fair treatment. We are pleased that so many across Greater Manchester stand in solidarity with homeless people.
On Sunday 5th May, we took part in the Manchester May Day celebrations.
We marched with others through the city before meeting at the Manchester Mechanics Institute for an afternoon of discussions; sharing campaigns strategies and priorities.