Xi Jinping extends greeting for International Labour Day

02 May, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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Every year the world celebrates "International Labour Day" on 1 May, also know as "Mayday".

On 1 May 1886, there was a general strike for the eight-hour workday by labours.

The PM took the occasion to reiterate the government's firm commitment to fully implementing Labour Act, 2074 (2017) and disclosed preparations for minimal wage increment to guarantee disciplined work under an appropriate wage system. More than 2,000 national-level model workers were named in 2015 from all walks of life.

The observance was accorded formal recognition as an annual event in 1891.

It's kind of a complicated story, but International Workers' Day actually got its start in the U.S. "Without it, nothing can be accomplished."?

Today, International Workers' Day is viewed as a public holiday in over 80 countries.

The following day a protest rally near Chicago's Haymarket Square turned into a riot after someone threw a bomb at police. Numerous celebrations of the occasion around the world are less labor focused and more centered as a spring festival. Coincidentally Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day also fall on the same day which commemorates the making of the states after Bombay State was divided on the basis of language.


The blast and resulting gunfire from officials resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four others, leaving many others wounded.

It was Michael Foot, the then Labour Employment Secretary, who introduced the May Bank holiday in 1978 to be celebrated on the first Monday of May.

The International Labour Day is a three-day holiday in China and people usually have a good time by going on shopping sprees and visiting scenic spots around the country.

Aside from labour protests, May Day is linked with spring and a time of renewal.

In India, Labour Kisan Party first celebrated labour day on 1 May 1923 in Madaras.

"The sole and basic source of our strength is the solidarity of workers, peasants and the intelligentsia, the solidarity of the nation, the solidarity of people who seek to live in dignity, truth, and in harmony with their conscience".

The protesters also demanded that the government address issues including low wages, unemployment and trade union repression.

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