International Workers’ Day, held every year on May 1, is a celebration of workers’ rights, social justice, equity and democracy. Founded by socialists in the late 19th century, the date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when police fired on workers who were striking to establish the eight hour work day.
In a majority of countries throughout the world, tens of millions of workers and labour unions participate in parades and other events calling for economic justice, global solidarity and workers’ empowerment.
In 2020, during a time of unprecedented economic and political insecurity, when millions of workers throughout the globe are literally risking their lives every day in the face of COVID-19, the Confederation of Canadian Unions wishes to send the workers of the world its support and solidarity.
Labour Start May Day Event
May Day Under Lockdown: Virtual World-Wide Rally Will Unite Unions In
This year millions of workers who would normally participate in May Day events around the world are under lockdown. But even as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc, we are experiencing the greatest display of solidarity in human history.
To make it possible for workers and their unions to celebrate their labour and its value, the International Trade Union Confederation and other global unions are collaborating with LabourStart on a Virtual May Day event. Using Vimeo and Facebook live-streaming, Virtual May Day will allow unions around the world to express their solidarity with each other but especially with those engaged in current struggles for workers’ rights.
“This year, of course, workers face unprecedented challenges associated with the COVID-19 crisis,” said LabourStart Editor Eric Lee. “Celebrating May Day with our usual rallies and marches, as we have done for 130 years, is now impossible. But to pass on May Day this year of all years would be a tragedy. We need all the solidarity and strength that we can give each other.
“By moving May Day online LabourStart and the global unions hope to in some small way make it easier for workers around the world to join forces in celebration and determination.”
The LabourStart/Global Unions Virtual May Day will start at 07:00 UTC and will
run for 12 hours.
More details here: https://www.labourstart.org/mayday