Labour Day: a reminder of labour issues in Southeast Asia’s fisheries sector

Labour Day, or International Workers’ Day, has been celebrated on May 1 since the late 19th century. The celebration of Labour Day began in the Haymarket affair, in Chicago in the US in 1886, when workers protested against long working hours and poor working conditions. The Haymarket affair saw the spread of labour protests across other parts of Europe. As a result, European governments started to formally recognize Labor Day. Over the years, Labour Day has been commemorated with protests, strikes, and celebrations all over the world. While some may lament that Labour Day has lost its politically charged meaning in more recent times, every year on May 1, workers still continue to take the op

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