It is ‘May Day’ around the globe. But are workers’ rights being eroded in the United States?
From the Philippines to Brazil, International Workers’ Day, a celebration of the rights of workers, was marked with rallies this May First in many parts of the world.
In France, it turned into a protest against a government proposal to increase the retirement age.
Workers’ Day was born out of violent clashes between police and protesters in Chicago back in 1886, an event which became a symbol of the struggle for workers’ rights. But ‘May Day’ is not recognized in the U.S., which holds its own Labor Day in September.
Joining the discussion:
- Joseph Williams is a former senior editor for U.S. News and World Report.
- Brian Becker is the executive director of the ANSWER coalition
- Anthony Chan is the former Chief Economist at JPMorgan Chase.
- Ryan Patel is a global business executive.
Labor groups around the world on Sunday organized marches for International Workers' Day, known as May Day, with some resulting in violent clashes with policehttps://t.co/ieGX4G9UcQ pic.twitter.com/962iNxyYcz
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) May 1, 2022
Workers around the world, from France to Philippines, joined protests for Labor Day — also known as May Day https://t.co/bHnfnCt8US pic.twitter.com/RRm8vifBcZ
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 1, 2023