International Workers Day

Quick Facts - DK

AKA NameArbejdernes kampdag / 1.maj
2024 Date1 May 2024
2025 Date1 May 2025

International Workers Day

International Workers' Day, also known as Labour Day celebrates the social, economic, and political achievements of workers. It is observed in various countries across the world, aiming to promote and demonstrate the importance of labor rights, fair wages, and safe working conditions. The observance is marked by labour union-led events, which include marches, demonstrations, and various gatherings to support and acknowledge workers' rights and achievements.

The history of International Workers' Day dates back to the late 19th century when the labor union movement started advocating for an eight-hour workday. In Europe and many other countries, this observance took hold on May 1, as a result of the resolution passed by the International Workers' Congress in 1889. In Denmark, the fight for better working conditions and workers' rights has a long and proud history. The first Danish trade unions were established in the late 19th century, and since then, Denmark has been one of the countries with the highest levels of union membership, ensuring that workers' rights are well-protected and respected.

International Workers' Day is observed annually on the 1st of May. It is not a designated public holiday, but many people join in the celebrations and attend events organized by labor unions and political parties. These events usually involve speeches by leaders from labor unions and parties, highlighting the ongoing struggle for workers' rights and welfare. The day is often marked with a festive atmosphere that includes music, food, and activities designed to foster a sense of camaraderie among workers and to reemphasize the importance of solidarity in the labor movement.

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International Workers Day Facts

  • According to the International Labour Organization, in 2022, there are over 3.3 billion workers around the world.
  • In 2022, the unemployment rate in the United Kingdom was 4.1%.
  • The average minimum wage in Denmark is around DKK 110-120 (approximately USD 17-19) per hour, which is one of the highest in the world.
  • Danish workers enjoy a healthy work-life balance, with a 37-hour standard working week and a minimum of 5 weeks of paid vacation per year.

International Workers Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Read The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010 by Selina Todd.
  • Some towns and villages host traditional May Day celebrations that might include Morris dancing, maypole dancing, and crowning a May King and Queen.
  • Oxford University holds a unique May Day tradition where crowds gather beneath the Magdalen College tower to listen to the college choir sing at dawn.
  • As it is a day associated with workers' rights, there are usually political rallies and public speeches carried out by leading politicians.
  • Visit the Workers Museum (Arbejdermuseet) in Copenhagen, dedicated to the history and culture of the working class in Denmark.

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