By NIMY Sara Joy
May 1- It’s thoughtful, why we celebrate May 1st as the International Labour’s Day. Apart from the social science students and lectures, how many are now aware of the May Day importance! I wonder, there are employees who are compelled to go office even this Saturday also still 66 countries worldwide celebrate May 1 as International Labor Day.
There are workers who are always complaining about their timing and work pressure in office. In the other hand, the scenes are extremely pathetic as many of the people apart from the white collar workforce, still not aware of their rights and favours even after more than a century of their successful celebration of 8-Hour work day.
Though, India started to go on with Labour week initiation since 1927 May 1, Labour day here is a national holiday. However, most of us not knowing how illegal if a company open in this date as they can be punished off 50,000 Rs penalty if the case is filed.
Well, when we start to complain if we can have a look on the farmers we feel more comfort what we are getting. I’m not talking about agriculture labours, but farmers. Most of the Labours can raise their rights and stick to work only for eight hours- the perfect 7:59:59 hours.
But, it’s so pity when we see how the lower middle class farmers work on their farm to feed their children and themselves. Are they working only the perfect 8-Hour a day? We all are feeding because they work hard and spent more time on their field. Spending money over food never meant that we giving the reward to them but award. Are they getting 8-Hour recreation and 8-Hour sleep while we celebrate the holiday and complaining about the extra-half an hour which we spent in office?
I think this May Day we should have to make a rethinking on the Farmers, especially the lower middle class farmers.