Labour Day 2021

The following information was discussed with the students during the online class on the occasion

International Labour day is observed every year to pay tribute to the contribution of workers across the world.

History of labour day

During the era of industrialisation, US industrialists exploited the working class by making them work 15 hours a day. It was only on May 1, 1886, that the labour class came together and revolted against this unjust system and asked for paid leaves, good wages and proper breaks. This is the reason why May Day is celebrated every year.

In India, the first May Day was celebrated in Madras (now known as Chennai) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan on May 1, 1923. It was also the first time when the Red Flag which symbolises Labour Day was used in India for the first time.

This May Day, it is also important to know that child labour in India is prohibited under the Child Labour Act of 1986, which bars employing people below 14 years.

“The strength of the nation lies in its labour force. Warm wishes on International Labour Day!!”