HONORABLE MINISTER, PERMANENT SECRETARY AND STAFFS AT INTERNATIONAL WORKERS/LABOUR DAY CELEBRATION 2017

Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. The majority of countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, every year. This day is popularly known as May Day and International Workers' Day. The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the Eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. The day also commemorates the “International Worker’s Day” which has a historic significance. It is also a day of political protests. May Day is otherwise observed as a saint's feast day or a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a public holiday. In most of the countries including India, May Day is also celebrated as Labour Day. The day originates with the US labour movement in the late 19th century. The history of the movement dates back to May 1, 1886. On this day several labour unions across the US go on strike to achieve their genuine demands from their employers. Labour Day is celebrated on May 1 in many countries around the world and it is still often a day for protests and rallies. On this day, various labour organizations across the country carry out processions and organize competitions for children belonging to labour class. However, in recent years, the celebration of this day has taken a new turn, where the workers and trade unions demand to safeguard their interests and give the economic reforms a humane face. 

In the Gambia the event marked with a march pass and speeches from trade union and Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment and then followed by althletic competitions and other sporting games.

Our Hon. Minster, PS and Commissioner labor,all MOTIE staffs with its agencies and departments  all took part at International workers day (May day/labour day) celebration 2017.

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