I just wanted to wish readers a happy labour day! I hope that the turnout at the parade was good, and that those who weren’t able to attend had a well-deserved holiday all the same.
This blog has long argued for moving Labour Day from September to May 1st – international labour day, as opposed to US Labour Day. And I continue to advocate for that.
I was a little surprised to hear that the Labour Day organising committee have decided that future Labour Day events will be in different locations rather than the traditional parade in Hamilton ending with speeches at Bernard’s Park. I am not totally opposed to the proposals, as it seems as if they may try and make it similar to the Palm Sunday walk, changing location each year to mark important labour events (which in my mind should include important events from slavery days as well). I feel that this will help to develop a better sense of history for the newer generations. What I am surprised about is what I understand to be a rather muted affair to this years event, with the traditional parade going as normal, but with less of an ending. I would have thought that this being the last year of the traditional format, and with the added impact of the global economy, it would have made sense to place an extra emphasis on this years speeches.
Anyway, I am sure that the way things are going right now (globally and locally) the labour movement in Bermuda is going to be increasingly prominent in the coming months.