Labour Day in Dominica is observed on the first Monday of May instead of 1 May as in other lands. So this holiday can occur anywhere between 1 May and 7 May.
|2019||6 May||Mon||Labour Day|
|2020||1 May||Fri||Labour Day|
The Trade Union Movement is very strong and politically active in the island nation of Dominica. On Labour Day also known as May Day, political parties hold big rallies where their leaders give speeches that are often interspersed with musical performances.
In Dominica, it is stressed on May Day that being secure and successful in your job should be the result of two things: unfair labour practices are banned and you retain your position by giving an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
The origin of this worldwide holiday is the 4 May 1886 Haymarket Massacre during a labour protest in Chicago, USA. As the world industrialised in the mid to late 1800’s, the dismal working conditions in many factories led to a protest movement.
The Haymarket Massacre became a key moment in the movement, leading to the establishment of Labour Day, then called “International Workers Day”, to demand things like an 8-hour work day, safer working conditions, and increased pay.