The origin of the May-Day is indissolubly bound up with the struggle for the shorter workday – a demand of major political significance to the working class, and other co-dependent classes thereof.
Although the demand for higher wages appears to be the most prevalent cause for the early strikes in this country, the question of shorter hours and the right to organize were always kept in the foreground when workers formulated their demands against the bosses and the government. As exploitation was becoming intensified and workers were feeling more and more the strain of in-humanly long working hours, the demand for an appreciable reduction of hours became more pronounced.
The world is nearing towards socialism. We are living in a more advanced time, now. Capitalism has swung downwards and is progressively moving in the same direction. The sharpness of its own contradictions is making its ability to carry on, more difficult. The workers are growing in political consciousness and are engaged in a counter-offensive which is gaining shape – in scope and depth.
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