History has a lot to teach us. People were shot so that we could have the 8-hour work day; Homes with families in them were burnt to the ground so that we could have Saturday as part of the weekend; Eight year old victims of industrial accidents marched in the streets protesting working conditions and child labor and were beaten down by the police and company thugs.
We must understand that our current condition cannot be taken for granted – people fought for the rights and dignities we enjoy today, and there is still a lot more to fight for. The sacrifices of so many people cannot be forgotten or we’ll end up fighting for those same gains all over again. This is why we celebrate May Day.
On May 1, 2011 the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) will be hosting the annual “May-Day” march. All are invited; join the GPSU to celebrate “our day”.