There may not be throngs of people in the streets to celebrate International Workers Day on May 1, but worker militancy has been heightened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Relatively few people in the United States know that May Day grew out of the fight for the eight-hour day in the United States. But that doesn’t mean, no one’s celebrating. For a taste of what people are doing around the world, including in the United States, check out the Virtual May Day! a joint project of LabourStart.The International Trade Union Confederation, Building and Woodworkers International, Education International, IndustriALL, The International Federation of Journalists, The International Transport Workers’ Federation, The International Union of Foodworkers Public Services International. and UNI Global Union. The festivities last all day
The festivities last all dayon Facebook Live and other platforms (to be announced); Use the hashtag #virtualmayday.
Let’s remember the thousands who crowded the streets on May 1 last year and join thousands on line or calling out sick for the general strike, or participating in a national rent strike this year. Let’s remember, too, the Haymarket martyrs of that first, unofficial May Day, who died reviled by the capitalist press but not silenced.