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May Day being observed

Update : 01 May 2014, 02:15 AM

The historic May Day is being observed in the country as elsewhere across the world on Thursday with a fresh vow to establish the rights of workers.

The May Day, also known as 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.

Trade unions and professional groups have taken up various programmes to observe the day to press for improving the working conditions with better wages for the workers and job security.

The ministry also brought out a rally at 7am from Shram Bhaban, which ended in front of the Jatiya Press Club.

On the occasion, the Labour and Employment Ministry will arrange a discussion at Osmani Smriti Auditorium in the capital at 10am.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be present as the chief guest at the discussion to be held with State Minister for Labour Mujibul Haque Chunnu in the chair.

Meanwhile, the premier will address a rally in Gazipur on the occasion of the historic day.

Besides, two seminars will be held on May 4 at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the May Day. State Minister Mujibul Haque Chunnu will be the chief guest at the seminars.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages ahead of the day.

On May 1, 1886, at least 10 workers were killed when police opened fire on a demonstration in Chicago near Hay Market. The demonstration was staged 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 in Paris, an international workers’ rally 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.

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