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Historic May Day on Friday

  • Published at 04:47 pm April 30th, 2020
May Day
File photo: Workers from both formal and informal sectors participate in a May Day parade in Dhaka on May 1, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

International Workers' Day has been observed across the globe since 1886

The historic May Day will be observed on Friday in the country as elsewhere across the world with due respect.

May Day, also known as the International Workers' Solidarity Day, commemorates the historic uprising of working people in Chicago, USA at the height of a prolonged fight for an eight-hour workday.

The day is a public holiday.

Newspapers will publish supplements while radio and television channels air special programs highlighting the significance of the day.

On May 1, 1886, 10 workers were killed when police opened fire on a demonstration in the US city of Chicago near Hay Market demanding an eight-hour working day instead of a 12-hour shift.

On the height of agitation, the authorities had to accept the workers' demand and the eight-hour day has been introduced universally.

On July 14, 1889, an international workers' rally in Paris declared May 1 as the International Workers’ Solidarity Day in recognition of the Chicago workers' sacrifice and achievement and since 1890, the day has been observed globally as the International Workers’ Solidarity Day.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on Thursday on the occasion of the historic May Day.

However, no programs will be held this year on this occasion due to the global coronavirus pandemic.