National Workers’ Day, also called Labour Day and May Day, is a public holiday in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This holiday falls on 1 May each year.
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The origin of the 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.
Today, workers and their representatives continue to seek a fair deal for all workers. Protestors may rally for higher wages, more balanced hours, additional benefits, or elimination of perceived inequalities. Labour Day parades and events both celebrate past ground gained and push for further improvements.
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