Manchester's May Day march and rally on Monday 7 May brought trade unionists together with refugee and asylum led organisations and community groups.
Some 200 or 300 people demonstrated for the right to work for all those currently barred from working legally and, as a consequence, driven into undocumented labour.
Speakers from unions – including T&G, Amicus, NUJ and the Trades Council –highlighted how people being forced to work illegally erodes wagescales and working conditions for everyone.
A range of people seeking asylum urged for organisation across national and religious boundaries to strengthen the fight for the human rights of refugees seeking asylum and to stop the abuses that are taking place up and down the country in workplaces, accommodation and detention centres.
The rally called for a march in Manchester on Saturday 23 June, during Refugee Week, under the slogan, 'No more deportation, children's education and the right to work'.
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