May day, may day! We have a problem!
May 1st, also known as May Day has it’s original roots in ancient Rome and various manifestations have evolved celebrating Spring throughout Europe and North America. In 1889, this day was also chosen as International Worker’s Day.
International Worker’s Day is a celebration of labourer’s and the working class. On this day, I think it is particularly poignant this year to recognize what has become the unsung workers of our economy – many of whom work in the service sector, often for minimum wage, and now, since the pandemic, in conditions of questionable safety.
I think it is important that we all remember that in this time of upheaval, they are the people keeping our economy open. Whether they be cashiers, food processing plant workers, or on the front lines stocking shelves, these are the people who are making sure we have the food and goods we need to be able to shelter at home. They are our unsung heroes.
If you are out and about this weekend shopping for the things you need, please remember to say a heartfelt thank you to those in these jobs. It is my sincere hope that these heroes receive the recognition they deserve through increased pay and better working conditions. The fact that a number of companies have increased worker’s pay due to the pandemic shows that larger companies can afford to treat their worker’s better. I hope they continue to do so after all this is done.
As everyone’s favourite Vulcan says ‘Live long and prosper’. Stay safe everyone, particularly the unsung workers who have now been shown to be essential to all of us!
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