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International Labour Day : From Sweat to Successs

International Labour Day, also known as International Workers’ Day or May Day, is celebrated on May 1st each year. It commemorates the historic struggle for workers’ rights and honors the contributions of labor movements around the world. 

The origins of International Labour Day can be traced back to the late 19th century when labor movements in various countries began advocating for better working conditions, fair wages, and shorter workdays, particularly the campaign for an eight-hour workday. One significant event in this movement was the Haymarket affair in Chicago in 1886, where a labor demonstration demanding an eight-hour workday turned violent, resulting in the deaths of several workers and police officers. 

In 1889, the International Socialist Conference declared May 1st as International Workers’ Day in memory of the Haymarket affair and as a day to rally for workers’ rights worldwide. Since then, it has been observed as a public holiday in many countries, often marked by demonstrations, rallies, marches, and other events organized by labor unions and worker advocacy groups.

International Labour Day serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for workers’ rights, including fair wages, safe working conditions, and the right to organize and bargain collectively. It is also a day to recognize the achievements and contributions of workers to society and to reflect on the challenges that workers continue to face globally.

Celebrating International Labour Day can vary depending on the culture and traditions of different countries. The usual activities during May Day are participation in demonstrations or parades, make some educational activities that help strengthen understanding of these issues, engaging in social and humanitarian action, Attending conferences or discussions.

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