International Workers Day, also known as Labor Day in most countries and often referred to as May Day. The day is therefore dedicated to workers and laborers across the world. However, Workers Day celebrates laborers and encourages them to be aware of their rights. Hence, It is observed across the globe every May 1; to mark the achievement of the workers and to spread awareness about exploitation. As the day is here; here are some necessary details that will help you in understanding the importance of this special day.
History of Labor Day
Labor Day has its origin in the labor union movement in the United States in the 19th Century. Hence, on this day people across the world observe the day by conducting protests; and march for the rights of workers and save them from exploitation. However, International Labor Day is a public holiday in many countries.
In 1889, the Marxist International Socialist Congress adopted a resolution for a great international demonstration; in which, they demanded that the workers should not be made to work for more than eight (8) hours a day. After this, it became an annual event and May 1 is celebrated as Labor Day.
Earlier, the workers were exploited as they were made to work for fifteen (15) hours a day; and it was in the year 1886 that the workers came together and agitated for a change to eight (8) hours a day and also to be provided with paid leaves.
May Day was first celebrated on May 1, 1890; after it was declared by the first International Congress of Socialist Parties in Europe on July 14, 1889. It was declared for the workers in Paris to dedicate every year on May 1 as the ‘Workers Day of International Unity and Solidarity’. May 1 in Europe has historically been linked with rural traditional farmers’ festivals but later May Day became associated with the modern labor movement.
The Theme of Labor Day 2021:
The International Workers’ Day is observed on May 1 and every year there is a common observance theme that symbolizes the efforts of the laborers. However, there has been no new theme for 2021. So, we have to continue with the 2020 theme which was “maintaining safety and security at the workplace”.
How Labors Day is celebrated
On this day, processions, marches, as well as speeches are given to honor the constant contributions of workers and those who fought for this demand. But due to the current situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, this year’s celebration has been suspended.
Importance of Labors Day
Celebration of International Labor Day allows honoring every worker’s effort and hard work towards their job. And it also makes us realize that only one day is not International Labor Day. Workers should be respected every day for the efforts they are putting in daily to the organization.
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