Abstract

May Day is one of the historical days of the labour movement and to show some of the issues that were canvassed in earlier times, and some of the sentiments expressed, here are extracts taken from three of the May Day programmes from the early 1960s. The 1960s were the time of the cold war, nuclear war threats, the burgeoning peace movement as well as the usual bread and butter issues concerning working people. These articles reflect the thoughts of the activists of the time and serve to show that, while the names have changed, the targets for workers remain the same, and the system continues to keep labour costs to a minimum whilst maximising profits.

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