May Day is a reminder that solidarity must defy borders

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It feels appropriate to start a commemoration of May Day where it began – in the United States. 136 years after the inaugural May Day processions in 1886, the US is experiencing a new wave of labour militancy. In the space of a few months, workers at Starbucks have successfully unionised 41 stores across 15 states, with dozens more in the process of voting over the coming weeks. At the same time, Amazon workers at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, made history by voting in favour of the newly formed Amazon Labor Union. The site became the first (but potentially not the only) union in Ama…

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