What can be better workers’ interests than a phrase of Karl Marx in the Communist Manifesto?

“The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains either. They have, however, a world to win. Proletarians of all countries, unite!” wrote Karl Marx .

The origin of May Day

It all started in the second half of the nineteenth century in America, when a group of anarchist unionists sought to get the workday of eight hours. The Congress of the Socialist Workers Second International , held in Paris in 1889, declared International Workers Day. Thereafter, the labor movement sees it as quintessential holiday. In 1954, the Catholic Church called Day of St. Joseph the Worker, supporting the struggle of the workers.

The history of Labor Day

Working conditions at that time were just deplorable, with working hours of 16 hours, low wages and discouraging prospects against unemployment . More than 300,000 workers marched in streets and squares across the United States. It was on May 1, 1886 . Demanded an eight-hour workday. In Chicago the situation got out of control so that, days later, culminating in a bloody denouement: the slaughter in Hay market Square. In homage to the martyrs of Chicago, was determined this festive day-even today-serves as a vindication of the rights of workers. This has been established in most Western countries.


Labor Day

In the UK and the Principality of Andorra, is not celebrated the Labor Day . Also in the U.S., interestingly, at least on the same day. President Grover Cleveland changed the date Labor Day to the first Monday in September, for fear of strengthening the socialist movement.

In Spain

In our country it is considered a holiday by Law 21,329 of national holidays and holidays. As expected, the unions have in your program many concentrations in the main Spanish cities. Mark is a major historical events for the workplace, but also must be claimed progress in improving working conditions. Today, Spain is experiencing a critical time when the employment situation of so many people is being seriously affected. Undoubtedly, the significance of this date is particularly relevant.

Some of the events include talks for the previous day, which displays different views. Here the debate is not just a guest, but a must. On day 1, the demonstration still being the highlight of the day, parades are organized, popular foods and even cooking contests. In the palms of Gran Can aria, are encouraged to participate in a walk on the Corner Tercentennial, called Path traditions . It also celebrates the same Sunday in May, Mother’s Day , the feast that deserves special mention.

Touch esoteric

Without wishing to play down the seriousness it belongs, here are a number of famous people born in this peculiar and historic day: the Italian thinker, Salvatore Morel, the French painter Jules Breton, the Argentine composer, Felipe Boer, the Blessed Mary Restitution Kafka , the Canadian actor, Glenn Ford, and British singer, Paul Owen, among many others.

The workers’ struggle

The German journalist August Spies, one of the martyrs of Chicago, summarizes conclusively cries of protest were heard on that fateful day: “If you think you can kill by hanging the labor movement, then hanged! here trample a spark, but there and there, behind you, in front of you, and everywhere, flames will emerge.’s a subterranean fire. shut you can not. ”