May Day 2015 Marked by Protests against Capitalism, Austerity

JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

May 1 2015

People around the world took to the streets Friday, May 1, to mark May Day, the international rallying date for the labor movement.  In Cuba and some Latin American nations there was celebration while elsewhere in the world there were huge anti-capitalist and anti-austerity demonstrations.

The day started in the United States in the late 1800s, when unions first called for an eight hour work day, but countries throughout the world soon followed suit in demands for better working conditions.

Millions of workers worldwide are still underpaid, overworked or forced to work under harsh conditions

McDonalds Worker BurnsAlthough some countries can claim certain victories over the years in terms of labor rights, millions of people around the world are still underpaid, overworked, or forced to work under harsh conditions.

Over the years, however, people have also adapted May Day and started to use the iconic day to speak out against other issues…

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