The West Kootenay Labour Council is looking for your help and ideas to celebrate May Day and join in this global event that unites workers from all over the world in solidarity to note the accomplishments of labour and the struggles that remain for all working people.
In BC and Canada our public sector is under attack. The Harper Conservative federal government and the Clark BC Liberal government are out to bust unions and roll back advances made by the labour movement in Canada over the last 100 years.
The WKLC believes it is more important than ever for the labour movement to come together and stand in solidarity; show our strength and unity for all working people; highlighting the achievements labour has made for all working people but also drawing attention to the attacks and threats to the gains the labour movement has made for all working people union and non-union.
The WKLC has stuck a committee. They are: Bruce Northcott, President WKLC; Andrew Chernoff, Recording Secretary WKLC; Cindy McCallum Miller, WKLC delegate; Della McLeod, WKLC delegate.
Please email Andrew Chernoff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help or have ideas for May Day. Time is of the essence and the time is now.
BACKROUND FOR MAY DAY
Known around the world as International Workers’ Day, activists have traditionally used the first of May as an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of the labour movement, as well as draw attention to glaring injustices that remain. It is a celebration of the international labour movement. It commonly sees organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries.
Although celebrations by socialist, anarchist and anti-globalization activists occur on May 1 in Canada, the government of Prime Minister John Sparrow David Thompson declared in 1894 the first Monday in September as Canada’s official Labour Day. May Day, however, remains an important day of trade-union and community group protest in the province of Quebec. Celebration of the International Labour Day (or Workers’ Day, fête des travailleurs) in Montreal goes back to 1906, organised by the Mutual Aid circle. The tradition had a renaissance at the time of a mass strike of 1972. On the 1973 May Day, the first contemporary demonstration was organised by the major trade union confederations. Over 30,000 trade unionists took part in this demonstration.