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Workers day to be celebrated in Windhoek

Workers day to be celebrated in Windhoek

Niël Terblanché

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.

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