news source:the daily
The historic May Day observed on Tuesday across the country as elsewhere in the world with a renewed pledge to protect the rights of workers.
The day is observed every year since 1886 commemorating the launch of a massive movement of workers at the Haymarket in Chicago of the United States to establish the rights of eight-hour working day.
Today was a public holiday.
Apart from the government, different trade and labour unions, human rights organisations, professional bodies, socio-cultural bodies and political parties observed the day in a befitting manner by holding rallies, seminars, discussions and cultural programmes in the capital and elsewhere in the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the May Day programme at Osmani Memorial auditorium in the morning. The programme also includes a two-day fair where 42 organisations will participate.
City streets have been decorated with banners and festoons with slogans of the May Day.
President Zillur Rahman and the prime minister in separate messages greeted the working class people of the country and wished their overall welfare.
Zillur Rahman said protecting workers' interest, creating good working environment for them and improving workers-owners relations are necessary for industrialisation and socio-economic development of the country.
Hasina in her message paid rich tribute to those workers who sacrificed their lives to uphold the rights of the workers. She also underlined that good relation between owners and workers must be maintained.
Leader of the Opposition and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia also congratulated the working class people on this day.
The state-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and private television channels are airing special programmes while the national dailies brought out special supplements on the occasion.