Labour Day

Sarmistha Ray || Post On > Apr 26 2023 ||

Labour Day, as the name suggests, is celebrated to honour the hard work done by the labourers as well as to honour those who went out of their way to fight for the rights of the labourers. The day is celebrated on the 1st of May each year in most countries including India. The condition of the labourers was very poor in the earlier times. They had to toil hard and work up to 15 hours a day. They suffered injuries and faced other horrible problems at their workplace. Despite the hard work put in by them, these people were paid meagre wages. The increasing number of health problems incurred by these people due to the long working hours and lack of good sources to get those problems cured led to the labour unions raising their voices against this system. Agitated labourers formed unions that fought for their rights for quite a while. Following this, the 8-hour work shift was set for the labourers and working-class people. This is also referred to as the eight-hour day movement. As per this, a person should work only for eight hours. He must get eight hours for recreation and eight hours for rest. Labour Day has its origin in this movement. Though the history and origin of Labour Day differ in different countries however the main reason behind it remains the same and that is the unfair treatment of the labour class. It was quite unfortunate that the class of people that contributed immensely towards the infrastructural development of the country was treated poorly. Various movements took place against this in different parts of the world and this day finally came into being. Conclusion The labour class is indeed the one that requires indulging in various laborious tasks. A special day to appreciate and recognise their contribution towards society is certainly well-deserved

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