The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) on Tuesday joined hundreds of Ghanaians to celebrate the 2018 International Labour day with a called for renewed entrenchment of democratic politicking and enhancement of citizen’s participation in multi-party democratic governance.
Mr. Samuel Asare Akuamoah told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the NCCE was commemorating the Labour Day as part of the activities marked for the 2018 Constitution Week celebration.
He urged the entire Ghanaian workforce to use the Labour Day to engage in discussions, debates, and other activities on the Constitution to ensure that it continued to be a living document written on the heart and mind of the people, for the sustenance of democracy and good governance, stressing that labour rights hinges on the Constitution.
He said citizens must be inspired to participate in the democratic system holistically in an informed way, adding: “Indeed the vision of Ghana to become a middle-income nation can only be attained when there is an informed citizenry, that can participate meaningfully in all aspects of the socio-economic and political life of the country.”
The theme for the 2018 May Day is, “Uniting Workers for Social and Economic Advancement.” May Day provides the Labours their right to work for only eight hours a day.
This gives labour relief from the stress and pressure from lots of activities performed in a single day.
Historically On May 1, 1886 labour unions went on a strike in the United States of America and demanded that workers should not be forced to work more than eight hours a day.
In 1889 a meeting took place in Paris where it was decided to celebrate May Day on an annual basis through a proposal given by the Raymond Lavigne and said that international demonstrations is required to celebrate the anniversary of the Chicago protests.
In 1891, International’s second congress officially recognized to celebrate May Day as an annual event.