ACTIVISTS flocked to Southampton's iconic Bargate as part of May Day protests this weekend. 

More than 50 protesters gathered in Above Bar Street on Sunday to mark May Day.

The protest, organised by Southampton and South West Hampshire Trades Union Council, was to demand better protection and pay from the Government.

The annual event saw similar events and marches across the UK and Europe.Daily Echo:

Protester Helen Field said: "A lot of the strikes that are going on at the moment are where people are protecting their pensions because this government wants to cut people's pensions.

"I feel very strongly about that. We need to make sure people have good lives, whether they are working or retired. 

"The only way to do that is to make sure people have a sufficient pension, and unfortunately, we've got a very bad pension in this country. Daily Echo:

Helen added: "Millions of people are really struggling to survive. So I think it's important to remember on days like this that we work together collectively to change things." 

"We want a good life for everybody, from cradle to grave." 

Meanwhile, Joe Dukes from Southeast Unite the Union, said: I am at the protest today to celebrate International Workers' Day. People are getting together to fight the injustice and inequality faced by workers internationally. 

"Events like this are being held across the world today, and this is an international solidarity event for workers. Daily Echo:

Joe is calling on residents to join him at the TUC march and rally, which will take place on Saturday, June 18 in London. 

"It's going to be a massive demonstration against injustice and a fight for a fairer world. 

"One of our key demands is improving the payment terms and conditions of workers across the UK. Daily Echo:

Taking place at 1pm, supporters waved flags and banners whilst highlighting other global issues including the war in Ukraine, cost of living crisis, and the recent P&O ferry scandal which saw hundreds sacked.

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