On May 1st, 2024, the world celebrates International Labour Day, a tribute to the enduring spirit and achievements of workers globally. Originating in the 19th century from the demands for fair labour conditions, this day honours the pivotal 1886 strike in the U.S., which led to the Haymarket Square events, emphasizing the ongoing fight for an eight-hour workday.

The theme for International Labour Day 2024

This year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has set the theme focused on ensuring safety and health at work in the face of a changing climate. This theme highlights the need for robust workplace safety policies that adapt to environmental challenges, safeguarding workers’ well-being across all industries.

Significance of Labour Day

International Labour Day serves as a reminder of the significant role that workers play in society. It acknowledges the struggles and achievements of the labour movement in advancing fair wages, reasonable working hours, and improved working conditions. The day celebrates the progress made towards social justice and emphasizes the ongoing efforts required to ensure equitable work environments globally.

Celebrations of Labour Day

Labour Day is marked by a variety of events and festivities worldwide, including parades, marches, and cultural performances. These activities honour the contributions of workers and their continuous struggle for better rights and conditions. In many countries, it is a national public holiday, reflecting the day’s importance in recognizing and celebrating the labour force’s contributions to national and global economies.

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