Celebrating Workers Around the World on International Workers’ Day

International Workers’ Day has long been a symbolic day for the uphill battle concerning workers’ rights. This day celebrates the working class and the historic win for an eight-hour workday.

Brief History

Many years ago, on May 1, 1886, to be exact, the United States and Canada declared an eight-hour workday. However, it wasn’t until 1916, after years of strikes and protests, that an eight-hour workday was recognized and made law in the United States. Since then, workers have continued to fight for labor struggles against a host of workers’ rights violations, including lengthy work days and weeks, poor conditions and child labor.  In recent years, workers’ unions have organized other events such as barbecues, concerts and children’s activities while protesters have continued leading demonstrations.

Although many countries view International Workers’ Day as synonymous with Labor Day, the United States does not. The United States has a separate celebration for Labor Day, which the country celebrates in September. According to the United States Department of Labor, Labor Day is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.”

International Workers’ Day 2018

The fight for workers’ right is ongoing as many marches, protests, and celebrations continue to be held around the world on International Workers’ Day. This day celebrates the work of the everyday man and women, so enjoy the day! Take the day off, make an appointment with a great masseuse, go to the park, cook yourself a nutritious meal, do whatever you want! And if you’re feeling a bit more politically inclined, attend one of the many rallies or marches dedicated to raising awareness about wages and working conditions. After all the first step towards making any kind of change is making people aware of the issue.