May 1st, International Workers’ Day, commemorates the historic struggle of working class people throughout the world.
The holiday began in the 1880s in the United States, with the fight for an eight-hour work day. In 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions passed a resolution stating that eight hours would constitute a legal day’s work from and after May 1, 1886. The resolution called for a general strike where many were arrested, wounded and killed to achieve the goal, since legislative methods had already failed. With workers being forced to work ten, twelve, and fourteen hours a day, rank-and-file support for the eight-hour movement grew rapidly, despite the indifference and hostility of many union leaders.
The one day of the year set aside to honor the workforce, the people who construct the buildings, highways, bridges, and every other working part of the giant economic machine we call the capitalist state.
Mauritius is the only country where history and significance of May Day resolves around political rubbish, swilling alcoholic drinks and having a food pack for free and then sit in traffic jams.
Educate yourselves my countrymen, May 1st was declared a “Law Day” for the ‘Labours’ Day’.
As workers, recognize and commemorate May Day not only for it’s historical significance, but also as a time to organize around issues of vital importance to working-class people today.
STOP THE POLITICAL GATHERING TRASH!
Workers of the world, awaken!
Rise in all your splendid might,
Take the wealth that you are making,
It belongs to you by right.
No one will for bread be crying,
We’ll have freedom, love and health,
When the working-class will march the streets,
In the Workers’ Commonwealth!