Workers around the world mark May Day

HBWs in Pakistan making blankets.- Image UN Women Pakistan
HBWs in Pakistan making blankets.- Image UN Women Pakistan
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02 May, 2018

Like other parts of the globe, International Labour Day or May Day is being observed across the country today (Tuesday) with the renewed pledge to acknowledge and promote the dignity of workers. Nepal has marked the celebration of the Day with the Workers' Movement (Majdoor Andolan) held at Biratnagar, some 68 years ago. Currently, the trade unions of all countries and general public participate in rallies and demonstrations for their collective welfare.

During the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has wished for happiness, peace, prosperity and guarantee of labour rights to Nepalis living at home and overseas on the occasion of the International Labour Day.

"What made women's labour particularly attractive to the capitalists was not only its lower price but also the greater submissiveness of women."? May Day is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. Many countries around the world officially recognise "Labour Day" as a national holiday (in the USA it's celebrated in September instead). A champion of workers' rights and also one of the founders of the Communist Party of India, Malayapuram Singaravelu Chettiar launched the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on this day. The following year, in 1891, Second International formally proclaimed May Day to be an annual event.

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The Payment of Gratuity Act of 1972 guarantees a benefit paid as a token of thanks at the time of retirement and is generally calculated as the last drawn salary multiplied by number of years of service. On 4 May, an unidentified person threw a bomb at the police, to which the law enforcement responded by firing on the workers.

Here is all you need to know about Labour Day including its history and why it's celebrated on May 1. The party had passed a resolution demanding a national holiday on May 1.

Labour day is the day to celebrate and be thankful for these building blocks of our world.


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