“Martin Luther King once said – No work is insignificant. Every labourer that uplifts humanity, has dignity and importance, and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”.
1st May is observed as a national holiday in over 80 countries to honour the contribution of working men and women. This day is also known as “May Day”. It is dedicated to the working class, who work hard and contribute to the progress of the country. Labour Day, is celebrated to appreciate the worker’s spirit
Labour Day, is celebrated to appreciate the worker’s spirit and recognise their creativity, hardship, and human dignity.
Labour Day gets its origins from the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated for eight hours of rest. The progress of any country depends on the farmers and workers of that country.
Let’s get a glimpse of the history behind “Labour day”.
History: The struggle path.
International Worker’s Day is celebrated to commemorate the labour protestors who lost their lives on 4th of May 1886 in the Haymaker affair
(Haymarket Massacre) in Chicago.
It was an event where workers had gathered in protest of their long work hours under harsh conditions. Suddenly a bomb was thrown over the crowd by an unidentified person and the police started firing over the workers and four demonstrators were killed.
Recognition of May Day in India:
In India, the first Labour Day was proposed and celebrated on May 1, 1923, in Chennai. The “Hero” of employees’ rights, as he was fondly called and also one of the founders of the communist party of India, Malayapuram singaravelu Chettiar launched the labour Kissan party of Hindustan on this day.
A meeting was held on that day in Marina Beach and another one in Triplicane. A resolution was passed in the meeting stating that a national holiday must be declared on May 1st and this day must be celebrated as Labour Day.
Realising the importance of labour welfare, the government of India andvarious organisations have become more sensitive towards their workforce, in recent years. The efforts and the pain behind every labour needs to be recognised and appreciated.
Remember to salute the courage and the hard work of endless workers who play a big role in the development of our country.