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Unions hosting family-friendly May Day party

Northern Ireland's trade unions wish to invite your readers to our annual celebration of workers and working lives, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions' (ICTU) May Festival.

Each year, around 5,000 trade unionists and their families have attended and enjoyed the march through Belfast city centre, the largest cross-community parade in Northern Ireland.

The May Parade will happen next Saturday, April 30, so as to allow as many workers as possible to join in the celebrations.

It commences at noon at Writers' Square, opposite St Anne's Cathedral in Donegall Street.

After the parade, Writers' Square will host our family festival, with free activities and entertainment.

We also have organised a programme of talks, walks, music and exhibitions (details at www.ictuni.org).

This festival is funded through the European Unions' Regional Development Fund and Belfast City Council.

In a time of austerity for too many families, we extend the welcome to everyone who never thought of attending a trade union event in their lives.

Resistance to austerity can be enjoyable as well as bracing.

PETER BUNTING

ICTU assistant general secretary

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