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A society where the working masses receive the benefits of their labour should be created and it could be done only under Socialism says the President of All Ceylon Trade Union Federation and Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP Comrade K.D. Lal Kantha.
He said this addressing the mammoth May Day rally of the JVP held at BRC grounds yesterday (1st).Speaking further Comrade Lal Kantha said, “We have gathered here today to commemorate workers who struggled for an eight hour working days 128 years ago. The issue for the workers then was to get the working hours reduced. They struggled for an eight hour working day. They sacrificed their lives. We commemorate these workers who sacrificed their lives for the struggle to reduce working hours for a day. Today we have to fight for a six hour working day. For, when compared with the development of production the working hours should be less than six hours.
The Red May demonstration of the JVP commenced its march from S. de S Jayasinghe Grounds at Dehiwela and reached B.R.C. grounds at about 2.30 p.m. The public in large numbers lined the route of the demonstration expressed their appreciation and shouted encouragement in addition to treating demonstrators with refreshments and drinks.The rally chaired by the President of All Ceylon Trade Union Federation Comrade Lal Kantha and was participated by the Leader of the JVP Comrade Anura Dissanayaka, its General Secretary Comrade Tilvin Silva, the Member of the Political Bureau Comrade Somawansa Amarasinghe, Information Secretary Comrade Vijitha Herath and leaders of Farmers', Fishermen's, Women's, Youths, students and artistes organizations.
Today is May Day, the day the heroes and heroines of the working class, who shed their blood and sweat and sacrificed their lives in a bitter, protracted struggle carried out to win an eight hour working day, are commemorated.Today is also the day millions of working masses together with anti-imperialist, progressive, democratic, humanitarian and environment friendly people display strength of their unity and camaraderie by raising the red banners of international solidarity.
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