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Monday, May 1, 2017

BANNERS: International Workers' Day aka Labor Day | May 1

International Workers' Day, also known as Labor Day in some countries, is a celebration of labourers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labour movement, socialists, communists or anarchists and occurs every year on May Day (1 May), an ancient European spring festival.





In the late-19th century, socialists, communists and trade unionists chose May 1 to become International Workers' Day.

The date was symbolic, commemorating the Haymarket affair, which took place in Chicago, in the US, in 1886.

For years, the working class - often forced to work up to 16 hours a day in unsafe conditions - had been fighting for an eight-hour workday.

Then, in October 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labour Unions of the United States and Canada decided that May 1, 1886, would mark the first day that an eight-hour workday would go into effect.




Source(s): wikipedia | aljazeera


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