May Day being observed

MNA Feature Desk: Amid a growing demand for a new salary structure for workers and ensuring their justified rights, the historic May Day is being observed in the country on Tuesday.

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Solidarity Day, commemorates the historic uprising of working people in Chicago, USA at the height of a prolonged fight for an eight-hour workday.

The day is a public holiday.

Trade unions and Readymade Garment (RMG) workers organisations have taken out elaborate programmes to mark the day and press home their demands.

The day will also be observed across the globe with a pledge to establish the rights of workers.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting the working class people of the country and wishing their overall welfare.

On May 1, 1886, 10 workers were killed when police opened fine on a demonstration in the US city of Chicago near Hay Market demanding an eight-hour working day instead of a 12-hour shift.

On the height of agitation, the authorities had to accept the workers’ demand and the eight-hour day has been introduced universally.