Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Day on Sunday: Labor Organizations will Observe the Day to Revitalize the Labor Cause

May Day will be commemorated with zeal and enthusiasm throughout the world. 
May Day is celebrated to remember the historical effort by labor organization in Chicago during the 1880’s. It was in 1884, that from 1st of May 1886 and onwards, working day will be of 08 hours.  Workers in those days were forced to work for as many hours as the employer wanted them to work.

The struggle between labors and authorities; authorities who were defending the interests of the employers, started in 1886. Agitations were recorded in the city of Chicago, and authorities tried to suppress this agitation through the use of force.  And it was at least on two occasions that army and police opened fire on the protestors, killing many of them, and they also raided the residential areas of workers, and arrested them in a great number.

This suppressive tactic, instead eradicating eight hour movement, made it one of the most memorable and significant labor movements of the world. In most of the countries of the world, May 1st is a holiday, and workers commemorate the sacrifices of Chicago labors , who sacrificed their lives for the cause of labor.

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