THE National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) will host this year’s official celebration of May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, tomorrow, 1 May, at the youth complex in Windhoek.
In the program of the event it is stated that President Hage Geingob will be the keynote speaker, while Prime Minister Saara Kuukongelwa-Amadhila is also expected to officiate at the celebration of Workers Day.
The NUNW also indicated that a smaller workers’ rally is planned at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay to accommodate workers who are unable to travel to Windhoek for the main celebrations.
International Workers’ Day is a celebration of labourers and the working class and it is promoted by the international labour movement which occurs every year on 1 May.
The date was chosen by a pan-national organisation of socialist and communist political parties to commemorate the Haymarket affair, which occurred in Chicago on 4 May 1886. The 1904 Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries, to demonstrate energetically on 1 May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour working day.
As in Namibia, the first day of May is a public holiday in many countries across the world.