In our world today, even with all the covid stuff, we have rights as workers that weren’t always present. Labour Day (aka: Labor Day) is celebrated in several countries around the world either in September or on May Day, which is International Workers Day.
The last couple of years have been a struggle for workers and employers alike. There’ve been restrictions, lay-offs, and working within settings that are dangerous and stress inducing. Staff have been under tremendous pressures to comply with changing regulations and expectations. This has been a true struggle–everywhere.
If you look back on the history of Labor Day, you’ll learn that the movement started back in the late 1800’s and was about protecting the average worker. Things like fair wages, work hours, child labor laws, and conditions are all part of the labor movement. It was the birth of unions and labor organizations that marched and fought for rights. You can check out more about Canada’s working class history HERE.
On this particular Labour Day 2021, during your picnic or back to school shopping, just pause and remember the history. So many lessons have been learned, mistakes made, and apologies given. The truth is that everyday is a step forward. With movements like #metoo and employment equity, I hope we can even make the workplace even safer and more inclusive.
Today, as I write this, we’re still in the midst of the covid pandemic. There’s dissension in what is best for our health and many workers are taking the brunt of it by means of harassment. This isn’t fair. Workers (and/or protesters) need to take their fight to their union representatives, Minister of Labour, or Government official and not parade and create disturbances outside places like elder care homes and hospitals.
Over a century ago, workers fought to be heard by governments and big business. That is why we now have unions to fight for our rights, why we have laws to protect us, why we have benefits to assist us with everyday things, and why we’re not sending our young children into factories to earn money for the family.
As an Auntie, I want all young people to recognize that they have rights within their workplace. Your safety and well-being are considerations to take seriously. If there is an issue, there are protocols in place. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to comment below and we can discuss. Enjoy the day. Enjoy the spirit of the day. Celebrate the history that gives us our freedoms and means to be heard. Happy Labour Day.
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