Let’s recall that the labor movement arose in Europe during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and early 19th centuries, beginning with working people organizing into groups called labor unions and trade unions. With strength in numbers, workers had a better chance to convince employers and governments to treat them more fairly. The movement met with great resistance from the privileged classes. But by the late 1800s it began to grow into a worldwide movement after Pope Leo XIII advocated reforms for the working class, including the elimination of child labor, the right for workers to organize into unions, to have shorter work days and livable wages.
Today, although there are still sweatshops and other inhumane working conditions for many workers around the country, the labor movement has won numerous victories that many of us take for granted, such as the 5-days work per week, 8-hours work per day, paid holidays and the end of child labor.
We have to keep celebrating the victories that have been won to make many workers' lives safer and more sustainable, and to rally around workers' rights to insist that all workers are treated fairly.
Having noted the above, I salute you all for the hard works you do to lift the flag of Federal Polytechnic Oko above National Standards. I shall remain committed to your Welfare as to have a laudable and favorable output from your Work Input. Celebrate with joy.
Happy May Day!
Prof Godwin Onu
(Rector, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Anambra State)