Strike Day rallies to commemorate International Workers’ Memorial Day
Civil service union PCS is holding its third day of national strike action across Britain on 28 April, which coincides with International Workers Memorial Day. The union says:
International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) is an annual event when labour and trade union movement members from across the world come together to remember those that have lost their lives at work, and to renew our commitment to fight for the living and make work safe.
PCS is organising events across the UK to follow the morning picket lines.
There will be a rally in central London at Whitehall (opposite Downing Street, SW1A 2AT) at noon, with speeches from PCS deputy president, Martin Cavanagh, as well as striking PCS members. It is expected that the rally will also be addressed by prominent Labour MPs and general secretaries from other unions. There will also be a silence to mark #IWMD23.
In Durham, local strikers are asked to meet at the HMPO Durham picket line (Freeman’s Place, Durham DH1 1SL) from 10:00am. A short march will leave from there at 11:15am to the Market Square (DH1 3NJ) for a strike rally at noon. The Durham rally will be addressed by PCS president, Fran Heathcote, as well as a range of other speakers, including Mary Foy MP. The Durham rally will also include a silence to mark IWMD.
There are also plans for post-picket line gatherings in Bristol and Liverpool, with speakers and refreshments for striking PCS members. You can find details of these and other events happening near you on the events pages of the PCS website.