May Day A Workers Day – Holiday is international but the pain is still on for the Workers

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May Day
May Day

It is not the socialist or communist world celebration day it was for all the workers across globe.

Words stronger than any I could write are engraved on the Haymarket Monument:

THE DAY WILL COME WHEN OUR SILENCE WILL BE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE VOICES YOU ARE THROTTLING TODAY.

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as “American” as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.

At its national convention in Chicago, held in 1884, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which later became the American Federation of Labor), proclaimed that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.” The following year, the FOTLU, backed by many Knights of Labor locals, reiterated their proclamation stating that it would be supported by strikes and demonstrations.

At first, most radicals and anarchists regarded this demand as too reformist, failing to strike “at the root of the evil.” A year before the Haymarket Massacre, Samuel Fielden pointed out in the anarchist newspaper,

The Alarm, that “whether a man works eight hours a day or ten hours a day, he is still a slave.”

If we look at today’s modern working place it is more worst than ever. People are busy in rat race pushing each other for a pie; while humanity losing every moment.

Mean politics and back stabbing is the tricks of the trade now. Even white collar jobs are not 8 hours any more. IT and High tech industry demands most. Family and values are vanishing soon. Divorce and discourse in life a common factor among young stars.

An other revolution needed to restore life in lifestyle.

Is Mayday Mayday is the signal now for a stable life!!

With selected part from :http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday