International worker’s day is an official holiday in 66 countries, but celebrated in many more countries unofficially though. We have observed however that, mostly those who are formally employed, take time off work to celebrate this day, while those who are self-employed and those in critical services sector, may celebrate this day but at their workplace. In this article we will look into the history of this day.
The connection between May Day and labor rights ( According to history.com )began in the United States. During the 19th century, at the height of the industrial-revolution thousands of men, women and children were dying every year from poor working conditions and long hours.
In an attempt to end these inhumane conditions, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which would later become the American Federation of Labor, or AFL) held a convention in Chicago in 1884. The F.O.T.L.U proclaimed “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”
The following year the Knights of Labor – then America’s largest labor organization – backed the proclamation as both groups encouraged workers to strike and demonstrate.
On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers (40,000 in Chicago alone) from 13,000 business walked out of their jobs across the country. In the following days, more workers joined and the number of strikers grew to almost 100,000.
Worker’s day Today
Different sources online claim that, May Day is celebrated in almost every country in the world, except the United States. Even though the holiday commemorates the Haymarket Riot of 1886, which happened — of all places — in Chicago. But for years, This day According to wikipedia , is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.
Canada’s Labor Day is also celebrated on the first Monday of September. More than 80 countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1 – the ancient European holiday of May Day – and several countries have chosen their own dates for Labor Day.
By the way we do not know if These intelligent bots will take over in the industrial scene and people will stop celebrating this day. What do you think, leave a comment below.
On a lighter note though, below is a hilarious video that shows what happens in the factories.