May Day is being observed in Bangladesh today like elsewhere across the world through various programmes with pledge to establish the rights of workers. The day is a public holiday in Bangladesh.
When the country is observing the day, thousands of workers in both formal and informal sectors are experiencing job cuts and violation of their rights.The workers under the banners of different rights organisations took various programmes such as street rally and hoisting red flags at their union offices to mark the Day.
In separate messages on the occasion, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina conveyed greetings to the working people of Bangladesh and the world.
The President said that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman struggled through his entire life to establish the rights of underprivileged people.
“Bangladesh got International Labour Organisation (ILO) membership soon after independence in 1972 under the initiative and bold leadership of Father of the Nation and ratified 29 conventions including six core convention of ILO,” he said.
Abdul Hamid urged the owners of mills and factories and other organizations to come forward to help the workers along with the government during the Coronavirus pandemic.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the greatest Bangali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had struggled through his entire life to establish the rights of the underprivileged peopleRuling Awami League, opposition in the parliament Jatiya Party, and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), in separate statements, greeted the working class people and urged to the affluent people to stand by the working class people at this time corona pandemic.
They also called for ensuring their safe and healthy workplace, reasonable wages and decent life.
Bangladesh Trade Union Centre in a statement on the eve of the day demanded steps to provide all daily essential commodities including rice, pulses and oil among the working class people through rationing system.
The day would be duly observed by the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Workers Party, Jatiya Mukti Council, Shramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad, BTUC, Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre, Jatiya Sramik Party, Jatiya Shrmaik Federation, Bangladesh Garment Shramik Sanghati, Jaiya Samajtantrik Sramik Jote, Jago Bangladesh Garment Shramik Federation, Greenbangla Garment Workers Federation, Shramik Oikya, Imarat Nirman Shramik Union and other unions.
International Workers’ Day marks the 1886 uprising of workers at Hay Market in Chicago for their legitimate rights, including eight-hour working day.
Several workers were killed in police firing for which the day was initially marked as a black day.
May 1 was adopted as International Workers’ Day by socialist delegates in Paris in 1889.
More than 400 delegates met in Paris on the centenary of the French revolution at the Marxist International Socialist Congress, the founding meeting of the Second International.
The 1889 resolution called for a one-time demonstration but it became an annual event in course of time. May Day was celebrated in Russia, Brazil and Ireland first in 1891.
The day is a public holiday in most of the countries. Newspapers will bring out special supplements and radio and television channels will air special programmes marking the day.