Under the slogan “Uniting Communities to Defeat the Tories”, the trade unions are demonstrating to mobilise support against the attacks on living standards, public services and democratic rights.
Junior doctors are in the forefront of the of the battle to defend the NHS, teachers are campaigning against the forcing of all schools to become academies, while local government funding cuts threaten all community services.
“The Croydon Assembly has linked up with all campaigns against austerity and has put forward plans for a fairer, more democratic, more equal future,” said Ted Knight, the chair of Croydon Assembly.
“This May Day rally is our opportunity to show the people of Croydon that not only is a fight back possible, but that it is happening now.”
The march begins near West Croydon Station at noon, and led by the Schiehallion Pipe Band, it goes along North End, the High Street, South End and Coombe Road to Ruskin House.
There will be short speeches from community activists at the beginning and finally in the gardens of Ruskin House, where there will be a musical festival, with bands and singing, plus a barbecue.
The Croydon Assembly’s next event, in co-operation with the Croydon TUC, will be on Thursday, June 9, under the title “The EU referendum – in or out?”
“We’ve invited speakers from both sides, so it should be a lively evening,” Knight said.
It starts at 7pm, at Ruskin House.
Details of other events can be found on the Croydon Assembly’s new website.
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