Bread & Roses film screening to mark International Workers Memorial Day

Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:28

Stroud Against the Cuts is marking International Workers Memorial Day 2016 and preparing for celebrations of May Day with a screening of Ken Loach's film "Bread & Roses". Join us at the Lansdown Hall on Saturday 30th April from 7.00-9.30pm. Entry is free but we will be collecting donations to cover costs and our work.


"Bread and Roses is a story about the most marginalised of LA communities daring to take on their corporate bosses against all odds." A feature length film by Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, exploring the lives of low-paid cleaners in Los Angeles, and union organising, the title is a reference to a slogan first used in the 1912 Lawrence, Massachusetts Textile workers strike - which also inspired the song 'Bread and Roses', and - indeed - the UK Labour Party's rose graphic. Watch a trailer: 


International Workers Memorial Day takes place on Thursday April 28th. Information about IWMD events in the UK is available from the TUC, where they say:


"In 2016 the theme for the day is "Strong Laws - Strong enforcement - Strong Unions" because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the Government have removed protection form millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission are pursuing a dangerous de-regulatory strategy. However strong laws are not enough if they are not going to be enforced.

That is why we need proper inspections and enforcement action against those who break the laws. Here in the UK the number of inspections has fallen dramatically in the past five years, however in many other countries enforcement has always been non-existent.

That is why we also need strong unions. Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the Government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives to take time off to keep the workplace safer, and also trying to reduce our right to strike when things go wrong.".