In Morocco, as in many countries all around the world, every 1 May is Labour Day. Historically this was a day when workers protested to demand more rights. However it has evolved to be a day that also recognises the contributions that workers make to the economy and life of the country.
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In 2015, labour unions in Morocco boycotted Labour Day events as a way to send a strong message of dissatisfaction with government policies, in particular a recently enacted wage freeze. However, on most years, it is by participation instead of boycotting that the demand for improved standards for the nation’s workers is communicated.
In Morocco on Labour Day, there will be meetings and parades with union workers especially taking the lead. You may hear slogans being shouted out, see banners with messages on them raised up, and encounter peaceful protests.