May Day

May 01, 2024 at 8:05 AM

May 1 commemorates the massacre at Haymarket Square in Chicago in 1886. On this day, workers around the world have taken to the streets to celebrate their collective power, defend their rights, and demand equity and economic justice.

CUPE celebrates International Workers’ Day, or May Day, in solidarity with millions around the world who denounce exploitation, defend their right to unionize, and demand decent and safe working conditions.  

In Canada, people mark May 1 with big rallies. The day is a moment to remember the major victories achieved by worker activism and solidarity. These include the eight-hour workday, paid sick leave and the right to a safe workplace.

However, the fight is not over. Defending labour rights, equity and economic justice is more urgent than ever. Our rights and quality of life are under the increasing threat from the growing push to privatize public services, the staggering rise in the cost of living, and attacks from the far right.

International Workers’ Day is a chance for us to show the labour movement’s collective strength, and our willingness to protect our public services, the working class and our hard-earned rights.

CUPE encourages everyone to join this worldwide mobilization, as international solidarity is our best tool in the fight for workers’ rights.