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Labour Day
Burkina Faso

Labour Day 2025 and 2026 in Burkina Faso

Labour Day is observed every 1 May in Burkina Faso to commemorate the contributions of ordinary working men and women to Burkina Faso’s economy and national progress. It is also a time when labour unions and others organise to demand improvements in the area of workers’ rights.

20251 MayThuLabour Day
20261 MayFriLabour Day
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The origin of the holiday is the 4 May 1886 Haymarket Massacre during a labour protest in Chicago, USA. As the world industrialised in the mid to late 1800’s, the dismal working conditions in many factories led to a protest movement.

The Haymarket Massacre became a key moment in the movement, leading to the establishment of Labour Day, then called “International Workers Day”, to demand things like an 8-hour work day, safer working conditions, and increased pay.

Today, Labour Day is a special time to honour workers for their labours. There will be special media emphases, workers rights rallies, seminars, speeches by politicians, and other worker-focused events. Family is central to life in Burkina Faso, and Labour Day provides the opportunity to spend time together.

Previous Years

20241 MayWedLabour Day
20231 MayMonLabour Day