Labour (Labor) Day, also celebrated across the world as May Day, is observed on May 1st every year. The festival is celebrated as a national holiday in about 80 countries in the world, to honor and commemorate the contribution of all employed men and women. Often employers host a special function or give out special bonuses to employees who have worked especially hard, been loyal and respectable, and helped the organization perform better in the market!
May Day history can be traced back to the United States of America, though it has now become quite popular in many parts of the world.
Why is Labour Day important?
This movement has also been called as the , representing a person’s right to eight hours of work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
While May Day/ Labour Day was first celebrated on 1923. The first celebration was organized in Chennai (then Madras) by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan.
Labour Day, May 1st is also celebrated as 'Gujarat Day' to commemorate the day in 1960, when the two western states attained statehood after the erstwhile Bombay state was divided into linguistic lines.
Since India’s working population is a significant contributor to the country’s economy, . The last survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) in the financial year 2011-12, showed India’s total workforce to be 47.41 crores. Out of this 33.69 crore were rural workers (largely comprising of agricultural workers) and 13.72 crores were urban workers. This is a reminder for the Indians, how much significance the agricultural sector continues to have on our country’s economy, and hence, our growth.
Not only can celebrating increase the performance of the employees by boosting morale and motivating them, but it can also have a positive impact on the organization as a whole! Thus, the holiday should be acknowledged and celebrated by employers, in any way, regardless of how big or small their organization may be. The underlying fact behind the movement is that workers get appreciated for all their hard work and efficiency.