Notice: International Labour Day

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Many centuries ago, Gaelic communities commemorated the arrival of summer with festivities and celebrations on the first day of May. However, the present Labour Day holiday, which is synonymous with May Day and International Workers’ Day, has its roots in the fight for worker’s rights from the nineteenth century.

During this period, the working class toiled up to 16 hours a day in severe and unsafe working conditions. They held protests and strikes to gain the 8-hour workday and improvements to their working conditions. In 1886, during one such protest in Chicago, a bomb detonated near Haymarket Square, the resulting mayhem killed and wounded both the protestors and the police. The incident was infamously termed the ‘Haymarket Affair’, and in 1889, a pan-national organisation called the Second International declared May 1 as International Workers’ Day to commemorate the incident. Ever since, Labour Day is widely observed around the world to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of workers.