Trade unionists across the Medway Towns celebrated May Day this week with a rally in Chatham and a march to Rochester where they joined the annual Sweeps Festival.
The first May Day march in the Towns for nearly thirty years was greeted warmly by residents who applauded and tooted their car horns as it passed.
RMT Union Learning Reps and the Regional Learning Organiser were at the landmark event to promote one of the key principles of trade unionism, ‘Education’.
They spoke to a wide variety of people about the opportunities locally and the opportunities for workers education through the forthcoming ‘Apprenticeship Levy’.
Learning Organiser and Medway Trade Union Council President, Ivor Riddell said;
ULRs engage in all sorts of ways with people, to encourage them to get back into learning or take it further. This was a great opportunity to do that outside of the normal working environment and push the learning agenda in the local community”.
The march ended at Victoria Gardens where the crowd were addressed by a number of speakers, including Medway Labour Leader Vince Maple who said;
It is great to see an area such as Medway holding its first May Day Rally for 30 years and it is understandable why it is taking place now. I wish you every success for your May Day Event and I hope you don’t leave it till 2046 for the next one."