International Labour Day (May 1) represents working peoples’ everyday struggles. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) describes it as a day of labour and solidarity.
In that spirit, Labour Day Week is being organised at the University. ‘Bread and Roses’ signifies the fight for ‘bread’ to keep the body going, as well as ‘roses’ to imply the dignity of labour.
We have the following sessions planned:
- invited talks by Anuradha Talwar (Paschimbanga Khetmajoor Samiti), Bezwada Wilson (Safai Karamchari Andolan), and Shaik Salauddin (Telangana Gig and Platform Workers’ Union and Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers),
- a workshop,
- a poetry session,
- creative performances,
- a quiz,
- film screenings,
- students’ posters from the course practicum
Join us in our pursuit of understanding labouring lives across varied spectrums of workforce participation — formal and informal, organised and unorganised, gender, caste, adivasi, and migrant/native identities.
Labour Day Week events will be starting off today and we begin with an introduction on the significance of Bread and Roses at 5.30 pm in SH 1. This will be followed by a screening of the 2014 film Pride by Celluloid.
The Second Day of Bread and Roses has 4 events— a workshop by Amit Basole and Rosa Abraham, a talk by Bezwada Wilson, a screening of the film Roma and student posters from the Women and Work course.
2 – 3:30 PM at B3 05: Talk | Platform Workers’ Struggle for Unionising in India
Shaik Salauddin, Telangana Gig and Platform Workers’ Union and Indian Federation of App based Transport Workers
5:30 – 7:30 PM at B3 05: Labour and Literature Session anchored by Giridhar Rao, Azim Premji University
All day at Hinge: Student Posters of building member-based organisations
3 – 4:30 PM at B3 05: Talk: Rural workers to migrants — All for the ease of doing business
Anuradha Talwar, Paschimbanga Khetmajoor Samiti
5:30 – 7:30 PM at SH 2: Quiz themed on Labour
All Day at Hinge: Student Posters of Migration in Contemporary India
5:30 – 7:30 PM at SH1: Film Screening | 1232 kms
5:30 – 7:30 PM at SH1: Film Screening | Machines
Day 7 | 2 May 2023
3 – 5 PM at SH1: May Day Celebrations and Open Mic
5:30 PM at SH1: Film Screening | Merku Thodarchi Malai