2015-04-29

May 1: A day to Celebrate the Working Classes

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Today is Workers Day —Día del Trabajador— in Argentina and many other countries in the world. An official holiday that is also known as Labor Day in other parts of the world. It is a celebration of laborers and the working classes that is promoted by the international labor movement, anarchists, socialists, and communists on May Day - an ancient European spring holiday which occurs every year on the 1st of May.

International Workers' Day is actually the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike in order to achieve an eight hour workday.

It is important to reflect on what has been achieved by with regards to workers rights since this time - the hours we work, the safety of the conditions we're working in, the right to a contract, paid sick leave and not to be harassed are all legal requirements for employers.

Celebrations and demonstrations related to labor movements take place all over the country and it is customary to get together with friends and family for an asado! (Argentine barbecue). 

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