26 April 2018 by Joanne Reed
1st May is International Worker’s Day also known as Labour Day. In the late 19th Century the working class’ working conditions were extremely harsh and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hours per day in unsafe conditions.
The working class rebelled and demanded that the working day be reduced to 8 hours per day.
This became a reality on 1st May 1884 in America when the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in Chicago proclaimed that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour”.
Nowadays, labour day is marked with a public holiday in over 80 countries.