Thank an anarchist

If you’re a worker in the U.S. who is not forced to work beyond 8 hours in a day, thank an anarchist. Thanks in part to a group of anarchists in Chicago during the 1880s, you have the right to work a maximum of 8 hours a day. It’s something a lot of us now take for granted, but it wasn’t too long ago that bosses could demand 10, 12, even 16 hour days from their employees, and overtime was unheard of.

The next time you hear anarchists stereotyped as violent young troublemakers, remember that there were anarchists who risked and lost their lives so that you could have the right to better working conditions at your job.

click the link below to read the full story

clipped from libcom.org

Contemporary illustration of the Haymarket bomb
The history of the world holiday on the 1st May – Mayday, held in commemoration of four anarchists executed for struggling for an 8-hour day.
The anarchists were trade union organisers and May Day became an international workers day to remember their sacrifice. They were framed on false charges of throwing a bomb at police breaking up a demonstration in Chicago. This was part of a strike demanding an 8 hour day involving 400,000 workers in Chicago that started May 1st 1886 .
It began over a century ago when the American Federation of Labour adopted an historic resolution which asserted that “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labour from and after May 1st, 1886″.
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2 responses to “Thank an anarchist

  1. Rahula

    thanks for this post!

  2. thanks anarchists!

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