May Day Nanaimo 2007

The Popular Participation Movement will be hosting its second annual potluck gathering on Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, at 6:30 pm in Room 165 of the International Students Building (Building 255) at Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo. All are welcome. This event is to mark May Day, the original workers holiday honouring the martyrs of the Chicago Haymarket Riots on May 4, 1886, when police opened fire on a group of American workers campaigning for an eight-hour work day.

May Day is a public holiday in many countries around the world, except in North America where Labour Day, the first Monday in September, is observed instead. The most closely watch May Day celebration this year will be the one in Havana where President Fidel Castro may or may not appear before a crowd of millions in Plaza de la Revolucion.

Here at home, Premier Gordon Campbell could give British Columbian workers a wonderful May Day gift by announcing an increase in the minimum hourly wage to $10. The starvation wages currently paid to mostly young and old workers in the services and retail industries are a disgrace to our society.

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