Post-May Day notes:
Each year, the same thing happens. In Singapore, the labour movement celebrates May Day joyously, but elsewhere Labour Day continues to be marked with protests.
This year, thousands of workers marched in in Manila using burning effigies and chants to voice anger over Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic policies.
In Paris, hundreds of masked and hooded anarchists smashed shop windows, torched cars and hurled cobblestones at police. They hijacked a May Day rally by labour unions against President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms.
Politics and trade unionism are closely linked. These protests demonstrate the link and that is why it is vital that peace between government, workers and business people must be maintained.
Easy to say, hard to implement.
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