Every year May 1 marks May Day, an international day where millions of people around the world march for workers’ rights.
About 100 people gathered at the Alberta Legislature for Sunday’s event that featured a number of speakers before a march down Jasper Avenue, ending at Churchill Square.
Guy Smith with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said this is a unique year.
“Especially in context in the fact that the government has changed in Alberta over the past year and there have been some improvements to workers’ rights and legislative changes, but there’s still a long way to go.”
Many workers in Alberta have found themselves without work after the downturn in the economy. Smith told the crowd it’s important to remember those people.
“They’re suffering, their families are suffering, their communities are suffering and really these workers have no control over their lives, these are decisions made by corporate bosses on the other side of the world based on the international influences of oil,” he said.
Traditionally around the world May Day events can be violent affairs. Smith says Edmonton’s is always a peaceful, family friendly type atmosphere. (kb)