Celebrating workers day with RFIB Africa

By: RFIB

Happy Workers Day to all our staff and the hard workers of the insurance industry!

The Importance of Workers Day!

International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day or Labour Day, recognises the contribution that all workers make to our lives, as individuals and as companies. Free and fair employment across the globe is relatively new while limiting a full working day to eight hours was only institutionalised in the 1800s.

The celebration of this day originates from the Haymarket affair that took place in Chicago 1886. In South Africa it goes back to when anti-apartheid activists rallied support around the unjust treatment and employment conditions of workers. We showed alliance with international workers’ organisations and have celebrated Workers Day in South Africa since May 1994.

This is not just another lucky weekday with no work, it is an opportunity to acknowledge all those who contribute positively to growing economies, (especially those who work hard at great personal expense), and to celebrate the hard work of individuals and teams in our organisations. It provides the opportunity to reflect on the history of our working class, on the current working conditions in organisations across the country and recognises the role that unions and companies play in being advocates for the rights of those in the working force.

We could not operate our businesses without the contribution and commitment from many people that make up the teams and individuals driving success at the forefront and behind the scenes.

RFIB Africa would like to take this opportunity to express gratitude to all the people who make the insurance industry work. Thank you for all the hard work and commitment that make our companies and our country a success. Happy Workers Day!