May Day – The labour
day gets a face!

Come may and more than mere Lilies, a few more things light up the world – recognition of labour and their rights. This day of may is officially recognised as a holiday as May Day or Labour Day celebrated on May 1.

The contribution of the organised and working classes takes the front stage and gets celebrated across the world as International Workers Day. The day is well adopted by socialists groups and trade unions to reaffirm their rights.

Origins of labour day

The labour day or May Day recognition started out from United States of America in the proliferation of the trade unions during early 19 century in Chicago. Trade unions came together to uphold their rights and fought a hard battle to earn a 8 hour workday instead of a double digit figure.

This workers day celebrations came in 1889 as the international socialist Congress party in Paris recognised the sacrifice of numerous union workers making a protest and killed in the process. This was the Haymarket affair of 1889 that was going to redefine the workers and their pending demands for equality.

Similarly, violent protests followed in 1904 by the socialist Congress party of USA which made it mandatory for all unions to demonstrate on first day of May, their legal rights and universal brotherhood.

The Haymarket affair 1889 – A dynamic event for labour rights

The factory workers around the world were equated to machines by the capitalist economy and poor workers shed their energy for poor returns. Their 16 hour workday was filled with toil and were likewise forced to work in unsafe environment. Hence, arose a great need among these workers to fight for their rights and needs. They started organising themselves in groups to get an eight hour work period each day.

Then came the federation of organised trades and labour unions who declared that from May 1886, the eight hour schedule for workday would be followed. The matter was likewise supported by 30-40k other peaceful protestors who wanted to affirm their rights.

So instead of May 1, the protest was planned for may 3.
Similarly on 3 May, a bloody protest lashed and workers mobbed the strike bearers. The police fired to disperse the crowd and ended up killing two innocents in the process.

The labour forces went crazy and organised a rally next day and slowly and gradually, things started getting out of hand. Sensing trouble, police went on to disperse the crowd when a handmade bomb crashed into the scene and killed a police officer. Six other people from forces were gravely injured. What followed later was a brutal carnage where huge number of people were injured.

Interesting fact – US doesn’t have labour Day today on May 1!

When labour went up for their rights on May 1

Due to above stated incident of Haymarket, the US government decided against glorifying the incidents and bloodshed. Hence, the first week in September is instead given a federal holiday in America since 1894.

The yearly occasion of Labor Day is so significant in India. Capitalize on this day by making it significant. Take an interest in the festivals, teach yourself on your rights as a worker, make associations with different specialists in a positive manner, and accept the open door to instruct others about specialists’ rights and what specialists need later on. May Day is multi day for praising the laborer the whole way across the world.

Bringing new strides on May 1

Propelling individuals: demonstrating that specialists are commended in a given nation will rouse them to get into work and to buckle down. This will prop the economy up and furthermore urge people to seek after their picked professions, to do their best at them, and to add to their general public.

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