May Day: Ambode seeks concerted efforts to make workers comfortable

Labour Day 2018: When is it? Why is it associated with May Day?

The need for more stringent labour laws in India can be easily justified by the Global Rights Index of 2017 that ranks India as one of the worst countries for working people.

May Day, celebrated on May 1, has taken on many meanings over the centuries, and it wasn't until the 19th century that it became known as International Workers' Day in the United States.

However, in India, the very first Labour Day celebration in the country was held in Madras (Chennai), on 1 May 1923. One may even come to believe that if not for such uprisings by trade unions, we would never have gotten modern-day corporate behemoths such as FedEx or Walmart to cough up $240 million or $64 million respectively in 2017 for violating the Fair Labour Standards Act by not paying overtime to their employees. The date May 1 was selected to commemorate the aftermath of a bombing at a labour protest against the police in Chicago in 1886.

Explaining the significance of his party, and the labour movement in general, Singaravelar called for May 1 to be declared a holiday.

Three years later, in a first gathering of the labour organisation Second International in Paris, international demonstrations were planned for the 1890 anniversary of the Chicago strikes.

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It was Michael Foot, the then Labour Employment Secretary, who introduced the May Bank holiday in 1978 to be celebrated on the first Monday of May.

Today, trade unions and human rights campaigners continue to mark the day with rallies - here's a look at this year's protests.

He advised the labour movement not to only enquire after what workers could get from the government but also what they could do to further contribute to support the government in making a difference in the lives of the people. They are referenced on the tech giant's homepage with a doodle - an illustration or animation - that is incorporated into the Google logo. The logos are hyperlinked to a page that provides the reader with more information about the cultural event being celebrated.

Similar to its earlier theme, Google's this year's Labour Day doodle too features some parts of tools such as pair of gloves, rolls of insulating tape, a wrench, a bucket, a shovel, pencil, screws, and a measuring tape among many other instruments which workers use during their work.

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