Rebuilding Foundations

An exploration of international development work in Africa

Workers Day

A day off in the middle of the week?  Yes please!

South Africa observes International Workers Day on 1 May as a public holiday. Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, originated within the historical struggles of workers and their trade unions for solidarity between working people, and in their struggles to achieve fair employment standards.

This included the need to establish a culture of human and worker rights which are enshrined in international law and the national law of the countries aligned to the International Labour Organisation, of which South Africa is a member.

In South Africa, Workers Day has been officially observed since 1994. The government remains committed to ensure the welfare and good conditions of service for workers.

http://www.info.gov.za/speech/DynamicAction?pageid=461&sid=34062&tid=97861

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