Historic May Day today
Published : Monday, 1 May, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 327
The historic May Day will be observed in the country today (Monday) as elsewhere in the world with a vow to establish the rights of working class.
Average income per month in the country has risen to Tk9773 ($1,466 per annum which is equivalent to Tk1, 17,280) but the gap of earnings has widened to an alarming level.
Bangladesh has good achievements in a number of socio-economic indicators such as life expectancy, health and education.
It moved up three notches in the Global Human Development Index 2015, ranking 139th out of 188 countries, according to the recently published Human Development Report (HDR) 2016 by UNDP.
Since the HDR is an average of basic socio-economic achievements it masks growing inequality in the country. Not only wage inequality, an all-pervasive inequality of opportunities grip the people, data and figures revealed in different studies suggest.
Most of the employers are not allowing their workers to organize unions, a basic right of the working class people.
Under such circumstances, the May Day is being observed in the country with a renewed vow to establish rights of the workers and betterment of their lives.
Worker groups and trade unions, political parties, different government and socio-cultural and professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the occasion of the historic May Day.
They extended their greetings to all working people of the world including Bangladesh.
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Rawshan Ershad and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad also issued messages on the eve of the day.
Like in the previous years, the Labour and Employment Ministry has drawn up two-day programmes to observe the Day at the state level.
A colourful rally will be brought out from in front of Shrama Bhaban at RAJUK Avenue at around 7.30 am and it will end in front of the National Press Club at Topkhana Road after parading through Dainik Bangla and Paltan Intersections.
The day is a public holiday. All public and private offices, courts, banks and mills and factories will remain closed.
The day is observed across the world every year since 1886 commemorating the supreme sacrifices of the workers at Hay Market, Chicago, in the USA for eight-hour working day and upholding the rights of the working class.
Working people sacrificed their lives on May 1, 1886 and the following days, for realising their demands, in bomb attacks and heavy police actions.
In observance of the day, a discussion will be held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 4.00 pm tomorrow. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the discussion as the chief guest.