Labour (Workers) Day – 1st May – Environmental dimension

Written by
Dr Ayub Macharia

The day was declared a workers day in 1899 by the international socialist congress meeting in Paris France. It was first observed in Kenya in 1958 and is currently marked at national and county level. Workers day serves as an appeal by workers for fair wages, decent working conditions, justice and sense of responsibility and caring in work places.
Some working environments are unhealthy to people. Some people may be working in hazardous environments without wearing appropriate protective devise such as gloves, face masks and protective clothing. We should ensure that all working environments are healthy to avoid injury, disease and death.
Suggested activities
• Let this be a week long activity for students/workers. Divide the students/workers in groups and assign them work within the school and in surrounding institutions such as the industry, hospital, post office, police station, the chief’s office etc. The students/workers should later discus the environmental hazards that affect people at the workplace and suggest ways of minimizing or eliminating them.
• Compose songs, drama and poems focusing on working in different places such as being a pilot, nurse, farmer etc.
• Organize an art competition to depict the plight of Kenya workers.
• Organize prize giving ceremony for the cleanest class/office and students in the school; cleanest worker in the company or individuals/groups/institutions that portray the environmental practice.
• Organize for a talk on importance of hard work , time management., punctuality, setting of goals and strategies and how to achieve them.
• Invite an expert to discuss about development of Environmental Management System or policy from your institution or local area.
• Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the Labour Week. Publicise your success on this blog.
For further information, contact:
International Labor Organization (
Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services (
Central Organization of Trade Unions (
Federation of Kenya Employers (
Ayub Macharia 2014

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