Global Laborers Demand Increased Salary, Paid Time Off, and Safety on May Day

May Day, observed on May 1st, is globally observed as a celebration of laborers. However, on Monday, workers protested in the streets all around the world about their dissatisfaction with their pay, benefits, excessive living expenses, and retirement age. May Day was a celebration of communism in the former Soviet Union. However, Russia’s war with Ukraine cast a shadow over the country’s festivities on Monday.

 

Employees in France urge the government to reevaluate the decision to raise the retirement age to 64, an increase of two years. Police expressed concern that if more groups joined the protests, they might grow larger. There are groups protesting the effects of climate change. Some worry about the impact the Summer Olympics in 2024 will have on Parisian life. A group of lawyers in Madrid, the capital of Spain, argued that outdated regulations requiring them to be on duty every day of the year ought to be revised. Attorneys have posted images of themselves working from hospitals or on the days when family members passed away on social media.

 

Protesters in Turkey were stopped by police from getting to Taksim, the city’s central plaza. Over ten demonstrators were taken into custody. In 1977, during a May Day gathering, a stampede broke out in Taksim Square, resulting in numerous deaths. Thousands of people turned out for the biggest May Day demonstrations in South Korea since 2020. “The price of everything has increased except for our wages,” said one protestor. Raise the minimum wage for us!” In Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, laborers, politicians, and academics convened to advocate for increased wages. They objected to the proposal by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to increase funding for Japan’s military. The boss has declared that he intends to investigate employee compensation increases.

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