Tuesday 30 April 2019

Workers' Day / May Day

CAPE ARGUS - May 4 & May 6, 1886
Paging through the CAPE ARGUS from 1886 several articles mentioning RIOTS & STRIKES caught my eye. In those days Cable News were received per Telegraph and therefor reports were short and sweet.
The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions, in the USA and Canada, decided that eight hours should constitute a legal day's labour as of 1 May 1886

In some countries MAY DAY /International Worker’s Day/Labour Day is a celebration of Labourers and the Working Class. Today, MAY DAY is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but ironically it is rarely recognized in the country where it began, the USA. 
Ray Alexander reported that the first recorded celebration of MAY DAY in South Africa was organised by the Johannesburg District Trades Council in 1895.
Following the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, 1 May was inaugurated as an official national public holiday, WORKERS' DAY, to pay homage to the working class of the nation.

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