As a follow up to an earlier post in which one wonders why Zambian workers continue to march whilst in other countries, including advanced countries, workers demand for reforms, I have shared a picture from London taken last year, to give an example of how Labour Day is observed by our friends. May Day is widely called the International Workers’ Day because its agenda is for the workers and by the workers. Zambia has transitioned away from a socialist economy where industries existed for the workers and not investors. Showing off smartly dressed workers is irrelevant, because workers now have to fight. The whole parade thing is outdated and a total hijack by the government and employers. Firstly the theme of the event is coined by the Government and secondly, what you see are companies’ advertising their product and services. Nothing for the workers interest in prominent on the day. The only thing companies demonstrate as far as their employees are concerned are the suits they buy them. You won’t see any placard or message speaking out for workers’ rights, in our version of Labour Day.
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