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The Birth of a Holiday - Jacobin magazine

In 1990 Michael Ignatieff, writing about Easter in the Observer, remarked that “secular societies have never succeeded in providing alternatives to religious rituals.” He pointed out that the French Revolution “may have turned subjects into citizens ...and more »

May Labour Day: What is International Workers' Day? - Aljazeera.com

Each year, people across the globe take to the streets to commemorate International Workers' Day, or May Day. In dozens of countries, May Day is an official holiday, and for labour rights campaigners it is particularly important. In the United States ...and more »

Labour Day: A long and winding road for Pakistan's working classes - DAWN.com

Labour Day has been celebrated as a public holiday in most parts of the world to remind societies of workers' rights. It is a culmination of what started off in the early 1800s as the 'Eight-Hour Day Movement', a campaign sought to stop the ...and more »

What is the unemployment rate in your country? - Aljazeera.com

Globally, there are more than 200 million people without jobs today. High unemployment rates and a demand for improved workers rights have prompted thousands of people around the world to hit the streets today, May 1, to mark International Workers' day ...and more »

Voices of women - The News International

International Labour Day passed this year again with calls to increase women's participation in the workforce. You! takes a look... Like every year, this time too the International Labour Day was observed all over the globe on 1st of May with great ...and more »

Google Doodle Tips Hat to the World's Workers on Labor Day - TIME

As workers in many parts of the world enjoy a day off on May 1, Google's new Doodle celebrates the history of Labor Day, also known as International Workers' Day. Drawing inspiration from vintage posters and murals made under the Works Progress ...and more »

GOP Marks International Labor Day By Pushing Death of Mandatory Overtime - The District Sentinel News Co-op

Republicans in Congress spent International Workers' Day advancing legislation that could end mandatory overtime pay in the United States. The House Rules Committee on Monday set the parameters for considering the bill, in motions passed on party-line ...and more »

Is the right to strike a fundamental labour right? - New Vision

By Isabella Bwiire. The right to strike has indeed had a belaboured conception and birth. In fact, the ILO Convetions No's 8 and 98 make clear no express reference to the right to strike- however, the right has been considered one of the essential ...and more »

There is a secret surge of white collar unemployment happening—and here's how companies can stop it - Quartz

There is a specter haunting the corporate world. It is the specter of widespread white-collar unemployment, driven by disruptive technology. The International Labour Organization (ILO) projects that more than 200 million people worldwide will be ...and more »

May Day was born and raised in the streets of Chicago - Chicago Reader

On Monday, May 1, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, activists, and workers of all stripes are expected to take to the streets in cities across the country and the globe to commemorate International Workers' Day, aka May Day. Here in Chicago, a ...and more »