Why we celebrate May Day — The history & significance
May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is celebrated on May 1st every year and has significant importance to Ghanaians.
It is a public holiday in Ghana and is celebrated to honor the contributions of workers to the development of the country.
The celebration of May Day in Ghana dates back to the colonial era when workers in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) agitated for better working conditions and higher wages.
The first May Day celebration in Ghana was organized in 1949 by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a coalition of trade unions in the country.
Since then, May Day has become an important day for workers in Ghana, who use the occasion to demand better working conditions, fair wages, and improved social protections.
The day is marked with parades, speeches, and other activities organized by the TUC and other labor organizations.
In recent years, the celebration of May Day in Ghana has focused on issues such as job creation, social protection, and the fight against corruption. The government and employers also use the occasion to reaffirm their commitment to workers’ welfare and development.
In summary, May Day is an important day for Ghanaians as it serves as a reminder of the contributions of workers to the country’s development and highlights the need for better working conditions, fair wages, and improved social protections.
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