Labour Day or Labor Day is an annual holiday to celebrated all over the world. It was started from the labour union movement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers. The majority of countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1st, and it is popularly known as May Day and International Workers Day .The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the Eight hour day movement in which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
Labour unions in dozens of countries around the world are using traditional May Day marches to protest over the handling of the global economic crisis.
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- Manila: Thousands of people joined May Day rallies throughout the Philippines Friday amid the global economic slowdown that has displaced millions of workers around the world.
- Nigeria: Nigerian workers, like workers in other parts of the world will observe the day with the traditional rally of speeches, marches and symposia. It is usually an occasion for labour leaders to reflect on the conditions of their members, the state of the nation and make demands recommendations on how to simultaneously improve the conditions of the ordinary people and the economy of the country.
- Bangkok: Asia’s unemployment rates may not look as shocking as those in the United States and Europe, but this May Day the region’s labour force had little to celebrate and plenty to fear.
- China: China’s state media estimates that roughly 20 to 30 million migrant labourers have lost jobs in the wake of the global financial crisis, out of an estimated total of at least 130 million wandering workers.
- Taiwan: Taiwan’s jobless rate hit a record high of 5.81 per cent in March, as the island’s exports continued their tumble.
- Japan: In March, Japan’s jobless rate grew at the fastest pace in more than 40 years, hitting a four-year high of 4.8 per cent. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications there were 3.35 million people without a job in March, of whom some 670,000 people had been laid off just that month.
- South Korea: In South Korea the unemployment rate had risen to 3.9 per cent in February. ‘The number of workers on payroll in February 2009 declined by 142,000 year-on-year, affected by weak domestic demand and decreased exports,’ the Ministry of Strategy an Finance said in the April issue of its monthly Economic Bulletin.
- Singapore: Singapore’s unemployment rate jumped to 3.2 per cent in March, up from 2.5 per cent in December.
- Vietnam: Vietnam’s unemployment is estimated to increase by five times this year from the 2008 figure.The government has projected a total of 400,000 job losses for 2009, but this forecast only accounts for the nation’s formal economy.
- Thailand: where the economy has been hit by falling exports and rising political tension, its economy slow 5 per cent in the first quarter of 2009.Some 300 factories closed down in the same period, laying off 28,000 workers, and another 410 factories are on the verge of collapse, endangering the livelihoods of 177,191 workers.
- UK: The kingdom’s official unemployment was 7,10,000 in February, up considerably from 5,60,000 a year ago. Unemployment is expected to reach 1.2 million in 2009, or 4.2 per cent of the official labour force.
- Philippines: The Philippines’ unemployment rose to 7.7 per cent in January as tens of thousands of Filipinos lost their jobs or failed to find work amid the global crisis.The National Statistics Office said the actual number of jobless people increased to 2.85 million in January from 2.67 million a year ago. Unemployment in Australia rose to 5.2 per cent in February from 4.8 per cent in January as the downturn began to bite.
- Australia: Sydney-based consultancy Access Economics reckons that by the end of next year unemployment will have doubled to around 1 million and the unemployment rate will be 8.5 per cent. Two years ago Australia had its lowest jobless rate since the 1970s and guest workers were being brought in to staff hospitals, fast food restaurants, mines and abattoirs.
- New Zealand: New Zealand’s unemployment rate of 4.7 per cent is tipped to continue rising as the economy remains in recession and reach about 8 per cent in 2011 before falling back.
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