May 1 – International Labor Day

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  • International Workers’ Day or May Day is the commemoration of the world labor movement.

    It is a day that has been used habitually to make different social and labor demands in favor of the working classes on the part, fundamentally, of the anarchist and communist movements, among others.

    Since its establishment in most countries (although the consideration of the holiday was in many cases late) by agreement of the Socialist Workers’ Congress of the Second International, held in Paris in 1889, it is a day of protest and homage to the Martyrs from Chicago.

    These anarchist trade unionists were executed in the United States for participating in the days of struggle to achieve the eight-hour workday, which had its origin in the strike that began on May 1, 1886 and its peak three days later, the May 4, at the Haymarket Revolt.

    From then on, it became a day for workers’ rights in a general sense that is celebrated to a greater or lesser extent throughout the world.

    The 1954 strike in Honduras

    Between May 1 and 2, 1954, the banana workers of Honduras went on strike that, after a week, would cover the country in a major uprising that would involve almost all of the country’s workers.

    It must be remembered what the banana monopolies were that, like the Fruit Co. Unit and the Standard Fruit Co., not only dominated the economy of Honduras and the Caribbean, but were also a “State within a State”, they put and removed presidents They controlled the National Congress, and the laws were at their service.

    Workers suffered unlimited exploitation. They did not enjoy any labor or social rights. The country was governed by a dictatorship for 25 years that did not allow political freedoms or free elections.

    On July 9, the strike was ended by signing an act that did not comply with what the strikers wanted. But even with repression and betrayal, the strike generally achieves its objectives.

    May 1 today in Honduras 

    Every May 1, the unions in Honduras  program a march  as  a popular expression  of the discontent of the working class that still  fights for better wages and fairer conditions  for the thousands of workers in the country.

    In recent years this march has been contaminated by unscrupulous politicians seeking to win the sympathy and votes of the workers.

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