Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2018. 10:20 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Belizean returned to work today, following a uniquely placed public and bank holiday in commemoration of Labour Day.
Belize, as many other countries do, observes the day on May 1, which coincides with International Worker’s Day; however many countries celebrate their labour day at various other times within the year.
Labour Day is held to honour the efforts of workers, and the achievements of the Worker’s Union movement and their championing of worker’s rights over the years. Countries that choose to observe the day on another date, do so for that day’s significance to the labour movement within that country. For example, the United States celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday in September.
In honor of the occasion, the Public Service Union issued a statement, speaking on the value of the Worker’s movement and it’s contribution to the social value of communities.
“We can all be proud of what we have accomplished over the years both individually and collectively. But when people stand together they can make a change,” the PSU said. “The strength that comes from solidarity is a force that can make a real difference in workers lives.”
The labour movement internationally has advocated for and made great strides in improving labour standards, minimum wages, and employee rights.
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