May Day observed with solemnity    

The historic May Day has been observed in the country on Thursday as elsewhere across the world with a fresh vow to establish the rights of workers.

The May Day, also known as International Workers’ Solidarity Day, commemorates the historic uprising of working people in Chicago, USA, at the height of a prolonged fight for an eight-hour workday.

The day is a public holiday.

may_dayOn the occasion, the Labour and Employment Ministry brought out a rally around 7am from Shram Bhaban, which ended in front of the Jatiya Press Club after parading Dainik Bangla intersection.

The ministry also arranged a discussion at the capital’s Osmani Smriti Auditorium in the morning.

Besides, two seminars will be held on May 4 at the Jatiya Press Club to mark the May Day. State minister Mujibul Haque Chunnu will be the chief guest at the two seminars to be held at 10am and 4pm respectively.

The other May Day programmes include publishing supplements in national dailies and souvenirs, and decorating the city’s thoroughfares with banners and festoons inscribed with May Day slogans.

Earlier, both President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages ahead of the day.

In her message, the Prime Minister said the spirit of May Day would inspire the owners and workers to work more sincerely to boost production in factories through maintaining good relationship.

The President, in a separate message, hoped that the spirit of May Day would help establish workers-owners good relations and good and safe working environment for the workers.

On May 1, 1886, 10 workers were killed when police opened fire on a demonstration in the US city of Chicago near Hay Market demanding an eight-hour working day instead of a 12-hour shift. On the height of agitation, the authorities had to accept the workers’ demand and the eight-hour day has been introduced universally.

On July 14, 1889 in Paris, an international workers’ rally declared May 1 as the International Workers Solidarity Day in recognition of the Chicago workers’ sacrifice and achievement and since 1890, the day has been observed globally as the International Workers Solidarity Day.

Courtesy : UNB