A grand meeting to mark the 127 International Labour Day, which falls on May 1st, was held on Tuesday the 30th of May in Vientiane capital. According to Vice President of the Lao PDR Bounyang Vorrachit, The Lao government also organises several important events to raise awareness about labour issues and recognise the efforts of the country’s labourers.

Each year, people around the world mark International Labour Day on May 1. President of Federation of Trade Unions Khamla Lorlonesy led some of 1000 the union members representing various government bodies and Vientiane residents in organizing a walking rally to mark the 127th May Day, International Labour Day.

Vice President of the Lao PDR Bounyang Vorrachit told the gathering that, the organizing of this gathering aimed to translate into reality the resolution of 9th Party Congress. He said, The Party and government of the Lao PDR are firmly committed to implementing the policies on poverty eradication and sustainable and inclusive development in order to attain the Millennium Development Goals and graduate from least developed country status by 2020.

President of Federation of Trade Unions Khamla Lorlonesy said, Labour Day originates from a union movement, specifically the eight-hour per day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. May Day is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries. International Workers’ Day is the commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre in Chicago, when, after an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they dispersed a public meeting, Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight-hour workday, killing several demonstrators and resulting in the deaths of several police officers, largely from friendly fire.

LNTV Lao News broadcast on May 01, 2013.