Monday, June 24, 2024

Historic May Day today

The International Labour Day, widely known as May Day, will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere around the world today commemorating the uprising of the working class people who fought for their rights.
All industries and factories would remain closed on the day. Red flags will be hoisted at the offices of the political organisations.
Marking the day, different organisations will host various programmes including processions, discussion sessions, cultural events and staging plays.
Historically, May Day evolved as a day recognising the rights of the working class people in the late 19th century.
One of the three major trends of trade unionism of the time, the Federation of Organised Trades and Labour Unions of the United States and Canada in its 1884 convention passed a resolution: ‘Eights hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour, from and after May 1, 1886.’
The largest of the trends, the Knights of Labour, included the demand for the eight-hour day in its first convention in 1878.
The third was the anarchists, who organised the International Working People’s Association in 1883.
Many of the strikes in 1886 became unsuccessful but on May 3, 1886, one of the anarchists, August Spies, addressed a crowd of strikers at McCormick Harvesters Works in Chicago, Illinois, where a force of 200 police attacked the crowd. At least one striker was killed and about half a dozen were seriously wounded.
The anarchists convened a meeting for the next evening at Haymarket Square in Chicago to protest at police action. But on the peaceful May 4 rally, the police carried out a series of attacks against the strikers.
A bomb, thrown from the crowd into the police ranks, exploded. Sixty-six policemen were wounded; of whom seven died later. The police pulled the triggers of their gun on the workers. Two hundred were injured and several were killed.
Anarchists August Spies, Samuel Fielden, Michael Schwab, Adolph Fisher, George Engel, Louis Lingg and Oscar Neebe were arrested within days. Albert Parsons evaded arrest and turned himself in on the day of trial, opened on June 21, 1886.
They were framed on false charges of planning the explosion. On August 19, seven were sentenced to death and Neebe to 15 years in prison.
The state later commuted the sentences of Schwab and Fielden to life imprisonment. Lingg committed suicide in his cell the day before the execution. On November 11, 1887, Parsons, Engel, Spies and Fisher were hanged.
Three, after seven years in prison, were freed on the grounds that the trial had been unjust. The four executed and Lingg were pardoned posthumously.
The convention of the American Federation of Labour in 1888 announced that labourers would enforce the eight-hour working day with strikes and demonstrations on May 1, 1890.
May 1 was adopted as International Labour Day by socialist delegates in Paris in 1889. More than 400 delegates met in Paris on the centenary of the French revolution at the Marxist International Socialist Congress, the founding meeting of the Second International.
The 1889 resolution called for a one-time demonstration but it became an annual event in course of time. May Day was celebrated in Russia, Brazil and Ireland first in 1891.
The day is a public holiday in most of the countries today.
The president, Zillur Rahman, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, the leader of the opposition in the parliament, Khaleda Zia, and leaders of different political parties and labour organisations have issued separate messages on the occasion.
In his message, president Zillur put emphasis on maintaining good relations between employees and employers for industrialisation as well as socio-economic development to protect interest of the working people of the country and create a congenial atmosphere.
The president hoped that the relations between workers and owners would be stronger protecting the interest of the working people.
‘I hope that production at all mills and factories would be increased through cordial relations between employees and employers by following the ideals of the historic May Day,’ prime minister Sheikh Hasina said in her message.
Khaleda Zia said they took up and implemented various steps and programmes during their tenure of the government to serve the interest of workers. She said they would continue their efforts to serve the workers, in the future.
The Workers Party of Bangladesh president, Rashed Khan Menon, and the general secretary, Anisur Rahman Mallik, in a statement called for ensuring proper wages and trade union rights of the workers and full rationing for them.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Hasanul Haque Inu and general secretary Sharif Nurul Ambia demanded ensuring of trade union rights of the workers.
Jatiya Mukti Council urged workers to wage a mass movement protesting death of workers and demanded ensuring the labour rights.
The labour and employment ministry, political parties and labour organisations have chalked out different programmes to mark day.
Jatiya Sramik League will hold a workers rally at Tongi, to be addressed by prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Sramik Jote will hold a labour rally near Shere Bangla Stadium at Mirpur at 4:30pm.
May Dibosh Udjapan Jatiya Committee will hold a rally in front of National Press Club at 9:00am
The National Garment Workers’ Federation will hold a labourers’ rally and bring out a procession carrying red flags from the Purana Paltan crossing at 10:00am.
Jatiya Sramik Federation will hold a discussion at Topkhana Road at 9:30am. Bangladesh Trade Union Federation will hold a labourers’ rally at 8:30am in front of National Press Club.
Textile Garments Workers Federation will also hold a rally in front of National Press Club.
Jatiya Neat Dying Garments Sramik Karmachari Federation will hold a red flag rally at Purana Paltan at 10:30am.
Warbi Development Foundation will organise a human chain and discussion at National Press Club at 11:00am. The Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation will bring out a procession at 10:00am.
Theatre group Ayanyak will stage play Rarang at the Shilpakala Auditorium at 7:00pm on the day.

-With New Age input

Related News

Over 1.04 crore animals sacrificed on Eid-ul-Adha this year

News Desk : dhakamirror.com A total of 1,04,08,918 animals were sacrificed across the country on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha this year. As many as 3, 67, 106 more animals were slaughtered this year compared to previous year, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock said in a press release on Tuesday. This year the ... Read more

9am-5pm office time to resume from Wednesday

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The public offices across Bangladesh are set to go back to old office timing from 9:00am to 5:00pm with Fridays and Saturdays being the weekly holidays as usual from Wednesday. The cabinet in its weekly meeting on June 3 decided restoring the old office timing between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays ... Read more

5 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Bangladesh

News Desk : dhakamirror.com A magnitude 5 earthquake jolted a large part of the country on Sunday (2 June) afternoon., including Dhaka. The quake struck at 2:44pm from a depth of about 110km, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, and was centred in the Mawlaik area of Myanmar, 441 km southeast of Dhaka. The quake ... Read more

Over 2cr to be fed as daylong Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign begins

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The National Vitamin A-plus campaign is being conducted with a target to feed the capsules to over 2.22 crore children, aged between six months and 59 months. The campaign started at 8am on Saturday (June 1) and will continue till 4pm. Feeding Vitamin A capsules prevents blindness in children, ensures normal ... Read more

Postponed notice fake, HSC exams on June 30 as per schedule

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams will be held on time as per previous announcement, beginning on 30 June. The routine deferring the exams for a month that is making rounds in social media, is fake, the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka said on Saturday. A circular ... Read more

3 month-long ban on fishing, tourism in Sundarbans begins

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The forest department has imposed this three-month ban on fishing and tourism in the Sundarbans. Local communities, including fishermen, wood and honey collectors, who depend on the Sundarbans for their livelihoods, are concerned about a three-month ban on all activities in the forest starting Saturday. The restriction applies to visitors, including ... Read more

Appellate Division upholds HC verdict on DU teacher Samia’s demotion

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Appellate Division today (26 May) upheld the judgement of the High Court which declared illegal the demotion order of Dhaka University faculty Samia Rahman on charges of plagiarism. A four-member appellate bench headed by senior judge M Enayetur Rahim of the Appellate Division rejected the appeal of DU as invalid. ... Read more

3.2 million children at risk as Cyclone Remal hits Bangladesh coasts: UNICEF

News Desk : dhakamirror.com As Cyclone Remal hit the coastal areas of Bangladesh, over 8.4 million people, including 3.2 million children, are at high health, nutrition, sanitation, and safety risks, according to UNICEF. ‘Our thoughts go out to the children and their families at this critical moment as they endure the storm’s impact,’ said UNICEF ... Read more

Classes suspended at coastal area schools due to cyclone

News Desk : dhakamirror.com No classes will be held at schools in the coastal areas due to Cyclone Remal, said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Mohibur Rahman. He said this after a meeting of the inter-ministerial disaster management coordination committee at the Secretariat on Sunday. According to a bulletin of the Met Office, ... Read more

Cyclone Remal forms over Bay, signal 7 at Payra and Mongla

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The deep depression over the east and west central Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm “Remal” at around 9:00 pm today and is expected to hit the country’s coasts between 6pm and 11:59pm tomorrow, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD). The Met Office asked the Payra and Mongla ... Read more

Admissions for Class XI start tomorrow

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The first phase of applications for Class XI admission for the 2024–2025 academic year will begin tomorrow, May 26, and run through June 11th. According to the XI class admission circular 2024-25, the online application system is divided into three phases with designated application windows, result announcements, and confirmation periods. Students ... Read more

Exam will not be postponed for Cyclone Remal: NU

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The National University has decided not to postpone the Introduction to Government Policy exam for 4th-year Political Science honours students for the academic year 2022, despite the warning for the approaching Cyclone Remal. The exam is scheduled to be held on Sunday (26 May) at 1:00pm, the same day that the ... Read more

Gold price cut by Tk 1,084 per bhori

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The prices of gold in the country’s local market witnessed a fall on Thursday as the Bangladesh Jewellers’ Association (Bajus) slashed the price of 22-carat gold by Tk 1,084 per bhori (11.664 grammes). The new rate for the precious metal will come into effect on Friday, BAJUS said in a press ... Read more

Don’t pay anyone for visas, or work permits: Italian envoy

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Antonio Alessandro, advised visa-seekers not to pay anyone for visas, emphasising that the embassy only charges small taxes and processing fees. “Our services are free except for these official fees,” he said today (21 May) following a meeting with Shofiqur Rahman Choudhury, the State Minister for Expatriates’ ... Read more

Bangladeshi mountaineer Babar Ali conquers Everest

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Babar Ali from Chattogram has summited Mount Everest and raised the red and green flag on the world’s highest peak. He reached the summit at 8:30am local time (8:45am Bangladesh time) on Sunday, proudly raising the red and green flag of Bangladesh. He began his journey on 1 April, after necessary ... Read more

Price of gold increases by Tk1,178 per bhori

The new rate will be effective from Sunday (19 May) News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Bangladesh Jewellers Association (Bajus) today (18 May) increased the price of gold by Tk1,178 per bhori, followed by a price hike in the local bullion market. According to a Bajus statement, 22-carat gold will now cost Tk1,18,460 per bhori (11.664 ... Read more

9 Bangladeshis named in Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Nine Bangladeshis have been named in Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list for their contributions across various industries. Forbes announced its prestigious “30 Under 30 Asia” list for the ninth consecutive year yesterday (15 May), showcasing 300 exceptional young individuals under the age of 30 who are making significant strides across ... Read more

SC Stays HC Verdict On Condemn Cell

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The Appellate Division on Wednesday stayed a High Court verdict that asked the jail authorities not to put death sentence inmates in the solidarity confinement before the end of all legal processes. The Appellate Division judge in chamber, Justice M Enayetur Rahim, granted the stay after hearing an appeal filed by ... Read more

BRTA to take ‘no helmet, no fuel’ policy for bikers

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Besides, no battery-run auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate in Dhaka The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has decided to take a “no helmet, no fuel” approach for motorcycle riders across the country. Besides, no battery-run auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate in Dhaka, according to decisions taken at a meeting ... Read more

MV Abdullah finally arrives at Ctg port

News Desk : dhakamirror.com The 23 crew members of Bangladeshi flag carrier MV Abdullah, which was recently freed from the captivity of Somali pirates, has reached the Chittagong Port today (14 May). The Chittagong Port Authority has a reception at the New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) to welcome back the sailors. Their family members are ... Read more