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Happy Workers’ Day

By Constance van Niekerk, Vereeniging SA

“We celebrate today the first of May, the International Workers’ Day; but the real workers’ day is the one on which all workers of the world are liberated from slavery and when they become partners instead of wage workers…

This should be the Workers’ International Day of Liberation throughout the world which deserves the true celebration.”
Former Libyan leader Colonel Mu’ammar Al-Qaddafi, 1 May 1978.

May Day or Labour Day or Workers’ Day  has it’s origins in the 19th century. On the 4th of  May 1886  there was a bombing in Chicago  that killed seven police officers and four civilians, commonly known as the Haymarket Massacre. It was a response to the killings of peaceful demonstrators of workers striking for an eight-hour working day by police the day before. Three years later, a French socialist party created an international day to honour the labour movement and marked May 1 in commemoration of the Haymarket Massacre. Thus the birth of May Day/ Labour Day/ Workers’ Day, although some countries celebrate it on other days  such as the United States which celebrates Labor Day on the first Monday of September. For all the other countries celebrating today, HAPPY WORKERS’ Day.

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About Editor

Constance van Niekerk is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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