The historic May Day was observed across the country as elsewhere around the globe on Monday with a fresh call to ensure a safe workplace for workers with their justified rights, including trade union one.

Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress (BFTUC) activists came up with the call marking May Day on Monday. Bringing out procession and staging rally at the capital city Dhaka, BFTUC pressed for improving the working conditions with better wages and social protection for the workers.

BFTUC secretary general A R Chowdhury REPON, BFTUC vice president Enayet Hossain, BFTUC vice president Nur Muhammad, Dhaka Club Employees Union president Aminul Islam, Chinnomul Hawker Samiti president Kamal Siddiki among others were present at the programs.

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

On May 1, 1886, 10 workers were killed when police opened fire 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. On July 14, 1889 in Paris, an international workers’ rally declared May 1 as the International Workers Solidarity Day in recognition of the Chicago workers’ sacrifice and achievement and since 1890, the day has been observed globally as the International Workers Solidarity Day.

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