1 May, International Workers’ Day
May 1st is International Workers’ Day. In many countries the day is marked with large protest rallies and demonstrations by unions and independent workers at which passionate speeches are given about the working conditions of a specific group or in the country in general. In some countries, the official 1st May celebrations act as a “thermometer” to gauge the condition of the relationship between the unions and the government. But did you know that this day has its origins in an event in the labour history of North America, namely the Haymarket massacre?