Portsmouth Trades Council stages May Day march for solidarity

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TRADE unionists marched through the city at the weekend to raise awareness of the need for jobs and a living wage.

The May Day march, on Saturday, started at the fountain in Commercial Road and went on to Victoria Park.

A May Day march took place through the centre of Portsmouth, organised by the Portsmouth Trades Council.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141301-4) PPP-140305-180227003

A May Day march took place through the centre of Portsmouth, organised by the Portsmouth Trades Council.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141301-4) PPP-140305-180227003

Many of those who took part went on to Southsea fire station afterwards to cheer firefighters who walked out on strike at 2pm.

Jon Woods, of the Portsmouth Trades Council, said: ‘For over 100 years now the May Day march has been going across the world.

‘We’re focusing on the need for jobs with the situation at the dockyard, the Slindon Street Post Office under threat and the tax office situation as well.

‘We had a range of different unions here and people speaking. We are seeing more and more that unions are taking action.

‘There is a real potential for workers to start taking action because we have had enough with this government.’

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