As a celebration of the international labour movement, May Day is an important day for workers throughout the world, commemorating the hard earned workers’ rights after years of struggles. It is also a time to remember the challenges facing the workers’ movement as we move ahead.
This May Day, Mazdoor Ekta Manch and Garment and Allied Workers Union (GAWU) celebrated the day in Gurgaon, Haryana. Hundreds of workers, families, and children celebrated a day that usually goes unnoticed in the Gurgaon area. Many young workers and children who have never before celebrated May Day as a historic international working class day, joined in to raise their voices in pride, recognising the many victories of workers around the world.
The Workers’ Children’s Theatre Group,called ‘Little Stars’, organised through Tarang (workers’ cultural programme), did a magnificent performance showing the story of the migration of a worker from a rural to urban area in search of a livelihood.
The main event of the day was a gripping cricket match between locally organised teams of workers, with enthralling commentary which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
Dalit leadership was prominent among speakers and participants – taking pride in their heritage and urging all of us to transform the society we live in. GAWU (Garment and Allied Workers Union) Executive Committee members were interviewed by TV channels. Workers sang revolutionary songs, written by a GAWU EC member.
Mazdoor Ekta Manch and GAWU joined our voices with yours and others around the world on May Day against the labour violations that take place here in Gurgaon, as well as other such exploitations and violations that take place around the world.