Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress (BFTUC) and Sramik Karmachari Oikkya Parishad (SKOP) demanded democratic labour law, right to practice trade union, workplace safety, national minimum wage and compensation standard for workplace casualties.

The labour rights bodies placed their demands at a mass gathering took place in front of National Press Club in the capital marking the historic May Day on Monday, 1 May 2017.

BFTUC secretary general A R Chowdhury REPON urged for ensuring safe workplace for workers with their justified rights, including trade union one.

Jatiya Sramik League president Sukkur Mahmud, Bangladesh Labour Federation (BLF) general secretary Advocate Md. Delwar Hossain Khan, Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal president Anwar Hossain among others were present at the program.

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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