May 1 - International Workers' Day

Each year, millions of other workers across the globe celebrate May 1st, International Workers' Day (May Day) as their Labour Day.

For more than a century International Workers' Day has acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of the trade union movement. The list is long and includes the establishment of employment standards, occupational health and safety legislation, and old age security.

Commemorating the hard-won victories of working people is important, but International Workers’ Day is also an annual alert that the struggle remains —  and even more so, as the exploitative impact of globalization can only be countered by heightened international solidarity.

So on May 1, International Workers' Day we were reminded – as 21st century workers – to stand with our Sisters and Brothers around the globe in common purpose and solidarity, for our citizenships may be different but many of our interests as working people are the same.