From the TUC

May Day – have your say!

07 Jun 2011, by in Working Life

The Government is currently undertaking a “pre-consultation” on plans to move the May Day holiday to a colder, wetter time month from 2013 onwards – and this is supposed to stimulate domestic tourism! I can report today that unions have now been joined in opposing these plans by some big retail companies and trade associations,  whilst a number of big players in the tourist industry are now saying that what they really want is an extra public holiday.

The Government’s consultation ends on Thursday. If you want to join us in defending May Day and calling for an additional bank holiday, read on.

Quick response – if you are in a hurry, you might just want  to say something along the following lines:

I do not believe that May Day should be moved. My view is that  public holidays are days of celebration that are embedded in our culture, and should not be tampered with for economic reasons. Furthermore, I think that  moving May Day to a colder, wetter time of the year would be more likely to undermine domestic tourism than to give it a boost. What we really deserve is a completely new bank holiday. I support the TUC/ voluntary sector proposals for a new “Community Day” holiday from 2013 onwards.

Submit your response to: [email protected] – Or you can make a submission by taking part in this online campaign action from the TUC’s Going To Work campaign site.

You can also find the full Government consultation papers at the DCMS site.

Community Day has the support of the TUC, NCVO, CSV, NAVCA and Volunteering England.

5 Responses to May Day – have your say!

  1. John Jarvis
    Jun 7th 2011, 6:01 pm

    I do not believe that May Day should be moved. My view is that public holidays are days of celebration that are embedded in our culture, and should not be tampered with for economic reasons. Furthermore, I think that moving May Day to a colder, wetter time of the year would be more likely to undermine domestic tourism than to give it a boost.

  2. John Jarvis
    Jun 7th 2011, 6:03 pm

    right so this place puts comments here and does not sends to government – better try again! :)

  3. I. M. LOMAS
    Jun 8th 2011, 11:21 am

    I do not believe that May Day should be moved. May Day has long been a traditional festival in this country, to celebrate this particular time of year. It also has international significance for working people as this is a day upon which they can reach out to people, beyond country boundaries. This is clearly of great import at a time of war.
    BETTER TO REACH HANDS ACROSS THE OCEAN ON MAY DAY THAN SEND BOMBS.
    DO NOT CHANGE THIS DAY !!!

  4. Bob Archer
    Jun 8th 2011, 12:47 pm

    May 1 has a history. It is the day when working people assert their rights and their identity and their struggle. It was set up to popularise the 8 hour working day. In many countries it is a day when working class parties and unions celebrate in public. Its connection with spring and rebirth is significant. The government is again trying to take something else away which the working class has won.

  5. Jo Hammond
    Jun 15th 2011, 5:29 pm

    May day is an international day celebrating workers! I have joined in celebrations when living or working abroad in Morocco, China and Greece for examples. You (govt.) say history is not taught well in schools and students don’t know history. This is part of our history that should be taught and celebrated as it is a part of the history of the majority of school students and their families!It is part of the fight for democracy, real democracy as was the Spanish Civil War, also not taught.