How Workers and Activists in the Philippines and Around the World Celebrate May Day

Labour Day in Canada is celebrated on the first Monday of September.  But across the world,  major demonstrations have been held in different parts of the world to mark  International Workers’ Day, also known as Labor Day or Workers’ Day.

Labor Day is observed every May 1  in many countries  and is   marked with strikes and parades for better work condition and salaries and occasionally violent protests.

In many parts of Europe, May Day is still celebrated as the onset of spring with picnics and outdoor barbecues.

In the Philippines, an estimated 10,000 workers  marched in Manila  to protest against short-term employment contracts.


Labourers and activists carry an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte as they march towards Malacanang palace during the May Day rally in Manila on May 1, 2018. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP) (Photo credit should read TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)


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