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India celebrates May Day with theme 'Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement'
Labour Day was observed across the nation on May 1 with rallies and speeches to highlight the theme of the year 'Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement'.

President Ramnath Kovind took to Twitter to share his special message: "On Labour Day, greetings and good wishes to our hardworking workers, both men and women. We celebrate the grit and dedication of our countless workers who continue to build our country and lay the foundations for a better, more prosperous India #PresidentKovind." He also posted his message in Hindi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to convey his good wishes on the foundation days of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

International Labour Day or May Day is observed to celebrate success of workers for 8 working hours which was earlier 12 to 16 hours of Work provided in unsafe situations.

It was on May 1, 1886, that the labour class in US got united and took to streets against the unfair treatment and demanded paid leaves, proper wages and breaks for the workforce. The theme of Labour Day for 2019 is 'Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement'.

In India, the first Labour Day was organised in Chennai by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan in 1923 with red flags. The tradition continues till date with active participation of Left Wing Parties. In many parts of India, the observance is also called 'Kamgar Diwas' and 'Majdoor Diwas'. 

"As we celebrate Labour Day, we honour the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers' rights, which are so critical to our strong and successful labour force," says Elizabeth Esty.

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