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The Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) celebrates International Workers’ Day each year on May 1 to promote the ongoing struggle for workers’ rights, equality, social justice and democracy.

In 1889, the International Socialist Congress met in Paris and established the Second International as a successor to the earlier International Workingmen’s Association. They adopted a resolution for a “great international demonstration” in support of working-class demands for the eight-hour day. The May 1 date was chosen to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when police fired on workers who were striking to establish the eight hour work day.

In a majority of countries throughout the world, tens of millions of workers and labour unions participate in parades and other events calling for economic justice, global solidarity and workers’ empowerment.

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