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This past May 1st, 2024 the world, including Haiti, celebrated International Labor Day. This significant day, also known as May Day, pays homage to the hardworking individuals who contribute their sweat, skills, and dedication to building our societies. It’s a time to recognize the labor force’s resilience, unity, and unwavering commitment to progress.

History behind International Labor Day

International Labor Day, traces its roots back to the labor movement in the late 19th century. The specific date of May 1st was chosen to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago, where a peaceful rally supporting an eight-hour workday turned tragic after a bomb was thrown at police.

The Haymarket affair became a symbol of the fight for workers’ rights. It began as a general strike on May 1, 1886, and culminated in a conflict between police and workers four days later, leading to the death of several people and the subsequent trial and execution of four demonstrators.

Global Recognition

The day was officially recognized by the Second International, an organization of socialist and labor parties, in 1889 as a day of international demonstration for the eight-hour workday.

Over the years, May 1st has become a day of solidarity for workers around the world, observed in over 140 countries. It’s a day to highlight the achievements of workers and the ongoing struggle for social justice and equality.

Therefore, as we celebrate International Labor Day, let’s also reflect on the importance of labor rights. Workers deserve fair wages, safe working conditions, and the opportunity to thrive. Organizations and policymakers must champion their cause, ensuring that their voices are heard and their rights protected.

On this May 1st, let’s celebrate Haitian workers and all laborers worldwide. Let’s honor their sacrifices, dreams, and unwavering commitment to progress. As we raise our voices in solidarity, let’s build a future where every worker’s dignity is upheld, regardless of borders or boundaries.

Happy International Labor Day!